We received a copy of the iPhone app Lil' iSculpt from Lil' Hoot Owl LLC so that we could review it and provide our feedback. The app sells for $0.99. There is also Lil' iSculpt Holiday for the iPhone ($0.99) and a Lil' iSculpt Holiday HD ($1.99) for the iPad. The Lil' iSculpt does not have an HD version.
Today I loaded the app on my daughter's iPod Touch and then tested it out. My impression of this game is that it is great for very young kids, ages 2-4. One thing that I love is there are no extraneous buttons or advertising that the child will accidentally hit. My first action was to turn the volume off as I found the music annoying, but I do that with every app. My daughter also had the volume at the maximum setting on her iPod Touched when I started using it. When she tested it, she turned the volume back on (and to a lower setting) and it was not as annoying when I wasn't sitting on top of it.
The game is very simple making it easy for young kids. The objective of the game is to turn a block of rock into a sculpture which will then be animated and talk to you. It starts with a large rock hiding a sculpture.
All you have to do is tap the stones to reveal the sculpture behind. The sculptures range from landmarks to animals to objects. We've had the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore, a pyramid, an elephant, a kangaroo, a monkey, a mermaid, and a fire truck. Some of the sculptures are more recognizable than others at this stage.
After you reveal the sculpture, Lil' iSculpt tells you what it is you get an animated cartoon version of it which is recognizable. During these screens it tells you what it is and something about it. For example the Statue of Liberty says it is in New York and the Kangaroo says G'day Mate.
Each time I have restarted the game it seems to go through the same sequence of images. An older child will grow bored of the sequence, but a younger child should like the repetition. It would be nice if the image order was randomized on subsequent game plays.
My daughter enjoyed the app. She was excited to guess some of the landmarks before knowing what they were. She was very excited to see the Eiffel Tower as one of the landmarks. I think the landmarks were the most interesting part of the game for her since she was already familiar with them. She loved when they became animated. She said the game would be good for someone younger than her, her age, and someone older. She did say when she played it a second time she got all the same ones and that she would get bored.
Overall, I would recommend Lil' iSculpt for someone with kids from 2 to 4. They will find it fun and learn a little about landmarks. My daughter enjoyed it, but it will quickly become boring since their is no randomization. Although I have not tried them, I would give the same recommendation to Lil' iSculpt Holiday and Lil' iSculpt Holiday HD.
Disclaimer: I was given a free download of this application for my daughter and I to review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am an iTunes affiliate and receive compensation for sales through iTunes links. I appreciate your support of my blog by shopping through my links. Images above are taken from iTunes.