Bugs and Bubbles from Little Bit Studios, is a successor to the outstanding Bugs and Buttons which entered the App store in 2011. This second app is equally as sophisticated, carefully designed and entertaining as the first one, with a wealth of opportunities to nurture early developmental skills within a gaming environment.
It is full of magic from that very first moment when the mini-gamer lights up Uncle Bob’s Bubble Factory.
There are 18 activities on 3 levels, ranging from bubble popping, shape stackers and letter matching to the challenging 4 bubbles in a row in which you can pit your wits against the computer. You can tilt, tap, swipe and pinch to your heart’s content and with lots of encouragement and adaptive content en route, motivation will remain high through many engrossing hours of learning and play.
Every detail of the app is meticulously planned, from game content to the vibrant graphics. It is intuitive to use, offering subtle direction where necessary. The music throughout is unobtrusive but also offers a rich listening experience. In every possible respect, the intelligence of the design is as exceptional as the content.
There is sometimes discussion about the suitability of using a gaming environment as a learning tool. Anyone with doubts should try this app. It provides all the ingredients for motivated learning – fun, instant feedback and autonomy. Bugs and Bubbles is one of the finest early learning resources I have ever seen anywhere.
Age range: 2 – 10
Educational value: fine motor control; sequencing; patterns; colour recognition; counting; sorting; co-ordination; number (including multiples and addition); visual memory
Fun rating: 5/5 (and it deserves so much more)
Educational rating: 5/5 (and it definitely deserves more)