Wednesday 9 May 2012

The City of Friends App Review

I had not heard of the City of Friends television show until I was asked to review the new app that has just come out. City of Friends is currently running on Channel 5’s Milkshake, and has reached over 1.6 million viewers in the UK and is the 5th most watched show on Channel 5’s All Day Video on Demand service.

This new app is currently number 1 in it's native Norway and teaches children all about the emergency services through 8 different games, using the exciting characters that they know and love to get the message across:

- Max the police officer
- Elphie the fire officer
- Ted the paramedic

 I enlisted the help of my younger sister for the role of reviewing this app - I know...It is a hard life! Between us we both had a go on all the different games and here is what you can find and expect out of the app:

- Fight fires with Elphie the Elephant - In this game you have to spot where the fire springs up in the building and put it out as quickly as possible, with Elphie's save the day trunk.

- Fly Hayley the police helicopter with Max the Monkey - You have to collect envelopes and goodies on your flying mission. Be warned it is not as easy as you first think, but I have to admit it kept me entertained for a little while...

- Help Ted the Teddy-bear sort out his first-aid kit - In this game you have to figure out which piece of equipment fits in the shape in Teddy's first aid kit.

- Play with Pete the police car - Here you have the option of looking at a Ambulance, Police Car and Fire Engine. Each of the vehicles can be touched and depending where you click, you will get a different reaction. Clicking the lights will make them flash and the siren's sound.

-  A memory game for preschoolers based on all the characters from the show, you have to click on the masked squares in order to bring up a picture of one of the characters. The mission is to locate all of the pairs. This kept me and the younger sister very busy.

Each of the games have different levels available depending on the child's ability (or the adults in this case!)

Over all I think there is a good range of information presented in a very appealing way. It get's the children to interact and identifies the different roles that each emergency service has to carry out. The only reservation on my part is that I had simply never heard of 'The City of Friends' before and wonder if this would put me off purchasing the app. However I don't think this really matters as the app is very appealing and really does have a lot of relevant information.

The City of Friends app retails at £2.50 from the App Store and is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

If you were interested in catching a few episodes of The City of Friends, you can catch them weekdays on Channel 5’s Milkshake at 6.20am, Saturdays at 6.15am and Sundays at 6.25am


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