Interactive cartoons are becoming more and more popular on iOS devices, but not all of them are worth sinking money into. I’ve seen a few lately that I thought were just ok. So, let’s take a quick look at what Zachy the Robot (Episode 1) has to offer.
In case you are unfamiliar with interactive cartoons, here’s my explanation in a nutshell: Interactive cartoons are just that. A bit of an animated story, then usually a problem within the story arises and your child is asked to interact with elements on the screen to help solve the problem.
Zachy the robot is an adorable guy with a couple of pals (the Repairbots) who help solve problems in their city. In this particular episode, The Leaning Tower of Robocity, they are called on to help save a tower that is tipping over in the city. On their way to fix the problem, they encounter obstacles which they call on your child to help solve.
I was pleased that the problems were based on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) concepts. The developer took the educational value so seriously that they worked in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University – a wonderful leading research center for early childhood education and development. I was so glad to see that the questions were not your run-of-the-mill, “Can you touch the object that is bigger?” type questions. Portions of the cartoon are unlocked (almost like levels) as your child solves the problems in chronological order.
The app is universal, a big plus. The voice overs are pleasant and professional and the animation is charming. My 3 year old has just loved it – she wants to run the app over and over. So, far we have enjoyed episode 1 and look forward to more from GenevaMars.