Puppy plays the Classics – App for Kids
✔ iPad + iPhone ✔ Android ✔ Kindle Fire
Do your kids like cute little puppies too? Our kids are absolutely crazy about dogs and especially about puppies, which is why we were excited about this new app: Puppy plays the Classic by Hot Tub Media. The app is based on the same-named children’s TV series, that is also available on DVD and perhaps you have already seen it.
A somewhat unusual app concept
The structure of Puppy plays the classics is similar to a DVD and mainly offers video sequences, which we’ll get back to later on. The navigation has been kept fairly simple for kids, you basically switch the film on and off with big buttons and that’s it really. Because of the fact that young children like to watch a funny scene all over again, (and even if it’s only to share the funny moment with Mommy and daddy) we’re missing one function, which will enable kids to rewind or fast-forward with for 10 seconds or so.
All in all 5 different sequels are shown, which all last about 5-8 minutes. The total playing time is approximately 35 minutes.
Puppies, classical music and wisdom
The idea of this kids series and also of the app is a very interesting combination. Each episode tells a little doggy tale, conveys a philosophy of life and is dedicated to a classical piece of music. Kids learn the popular classical works from Mozart to Tchaikovsky to Wagner, whilst the cute puppies experience an educational event, where a little bit of wisdom is hidden inside. Even the title of each episode provides information about the moral of the story, here’s an overview:
- Episode 1: It’s what’s inside that counts
- Episode 2: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
- Episode 3: Treat others as you want to be treated
- Episode 4: A friend in need, is a friend indeed
- Episode 5: Early to bed, early to rise
Well, doesn’t that sound promising? It certainly is and it is especially amazing how the worldly wisdoms can be communicated via such sweet little puppies.
More extras & puzzle-games
Kids can also check out Puppy Care Tips and Behind the Scenes, which are offered as further extras, as you may know from DVD’s. There are also 5 puzzle games!
Puppy plays the Classics | Kids app rating
There are a lot of things we like about this app, but also a few things that urgently need to be improved.
(+) So many cute little puppies
(+) Classical musik which is fun for kids
(+) Worldly wisdoms
(-) the videos are compressed too strongly at times (blocks)
(–) the quality of the music is partially too dull and while we can still make an exception with the video quality, we are pretty disappointed with the audio quality. Of course we’re familiar with the storage space problems for video contents, but if the app is meant to bring children closer to classical music, it should have fairly reasonable audio quality to do so.
Puppy plays the classics urgently needs new audio tracks for the video sequences in at least 128 bit quality. Currently the app requires just 82.4 MB – proving a much too high compression level selected at over 30 minutes of video.
We can therefore rate the app with 3 stars only at the moment.
Top best apps for kids rating: 3 stars
Unfortunately, the app is no longer available on the App Store (status 06.12.2016)
Download Puppy plays the Classics
➔ App download for – iPad & iPhone on Apple App Store
➔ App download for – Android on Google Play App Store
➔ App download for – Kindle Fire on Amazon App Store
kids app developer: Hot Tub Media, Inc.