Thinkin’ Things 1: Toony the Loon’s Lagoon

Review Excerpt: Back in the days of mono-touch and non-HD graphics, Thinkin’ Things was cutting edge. The first edition scored 5 stars back in 1993; one of the first and few software titles to get such a rating. That rating has dropped significantly in the context of the multi-touch tablet age. But the result is a large border around a reduced play area; and hot spots that are tiny especially on the iPad Mini. While the activities are still the same, the designers directly ported the graphics to the iPad, replacing the cursor with your finger. In doing so, they kept the resolution the same but reduced the size. This seems logical, after all who wants fuzzy graphics? Children who have come to expect multi-touch will find the experience lacking as well. The six activities are the same as they were in 1993; presenting a case study in good design. As they play, kids will compare and contrast, hypothesize and test rules, create and discern patterns, and analyze and predict. If this sounds too much like all work and no play, don’t worry. The program is loads of fun to fool around with and very educational as well.¬†Subscribers, please log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating.

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