My Little Pony: Party of One App by PlayDate Digital ~Review

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I have two little kids who absolutely adore My Little Pony, so I was really looking forward to reviewing the My Little Pony: Party of One app for our iPad with them.  

Available for $2.99 at the iTunes store for iOS 4.3 or greater.

From the Website:

"About the App: My Little Pony: Party of One is an interactive storybook app. It is based on a favorite My Little Pony TV episode and adapted for a preschool audience. It teaches kids social emotional values -- friendship, trust and belonging. It was developed in partnership with educational experts."


Description: My Little Pony, Party of One is an interactive adventure centered around Pinkie Pie and her friends. Nobody throws a better party than Pinkie Pie, so she is a bit surprised when all the other ponies are too busy to attend a celebration. She sets out to investigate, and is pleasantly surprised at what she discovers. 

Our thoughts:

This app wasn't as big of a hit as I thought it would be. My son, who is 5, loves MLP so much that he sleeps with a stuffed Rainbow Dash. After his initial use of the app, he was totally bored with it. My 3 year old, seemed to like it very much at first, but her interest also waned as well. While there are 17 pages, there is just one story. I think for $2.99, another story or some type of simple game should be included as well.



The story is well done with bright colors and a lot of animation with bold graphics and the interactive aspect is fun.The character's voices and that of the narrator were pleasant and easy to listen to, unlike some other interactive books we've used. 


I liked the "Read to Me" option for my 3 year old.


This was a great feature, but my daughter had some trouble understanding that she had to tap the pictures with white outlines. She did finally catch on, but didn't have the patience to wait for the animation to finish before she wanted to touch the next one. 


 Both of my children enjoyed bouncing around from one scene to another!


I personally did not find this very useful and would much rather have a game included that incorporated the learning and roundup words. 

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My children didn't enjoy this app enough for this aspect of it to be beneficial since they learn the best by repetition. 

I did love how their favorite ponies were part of the story: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Flutter Shy, and Twilight Sparkle.

The story uses thoughtful age appropriate language for pre-K & K school age children to help them understand about their feelings, friendship, and misunderstandings. This is something that we've been talking about often here in our household!

Overall, I think it is a very cute app and I am looking forward to trying out some of the other apps offered by PlayDate Digital. If you have an iPod or an iPad and a child that loves My Little Pony, watch the video below and see what you think!






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