Mini Review: Keep Kids Busy While Waiting with Nampa Forest App

Nampa Forest offers cute, simple games that entertain ages five and under

Nampa Forest offers cute, simple games that entertain ages five and under

Most grown-ups would agree that waiting is not fun, but it’s even more challenging when you have a child with you. There’s nothing like a long wait to get a child antsy and aggravated.

If you often find yourself stressed out while trying to entertain your child in waiting rooms or supermarket lines, here’s an app that might be helpful: Nampa Forest. Designed for toddlers, it’s a collection of mini games with no specific rules or objectives. Instead, kids discover silly surprises in the vibrant Nampa Forest that will make them, and even grown-ups, smile.

At the time I’m writing this review, the app has five games: playing with friendly animal characters in a field of daisies, popping balloons with the help of bees, high diving at the pond, matching game with a group of fish, and putting together crazy outfits for a dance party.

The games are vibrant and simple to play, with no scoring system or punishments whatsoever. There’s not much you need to do except to tap and drag, which makes the app suitable for ages five and under. And oh, the games, however played, always end with a giggle-inducing disco dance.

What’s fun is that you’ll find something new each time you come back; for example, the matching game offers fish of different colors and shapes. Occasionally, you’ll also find silly little animations that act as an intermezzo during the games, such as a shark that swim up to you to, ahem, fart.

That’s not all that’s great about Nampa Forest, though. Unlike many apps that distinguish between boys and girls, the app is decidedly gender-neutral. The design isn’t skewed towards a specific gender and the activities appeal to everyone. You also can’t tell if an animal character is male or female, so in the outfit game you can make them wear whatever you want.

The app is specially designed not to reinforce existing gender stereotype, and thus will appeal to boys and girls.

The app is specially designed not to reinforce existing gender stereotype, and thus will appeal to boys and girls.

Since we’re talking about an app for toddlers, security is an important factor. I’m happy to report that this app doesn’t have third-party advertising, in-app purchases, or links to external sites.

Overall, I think Nampa Forest is an entertaining app that you might want to check out. Not only is it easy to use, but it has the right amount of games to keep toddlers busy in waiting rooms or shopping lines. Furthermore, it has colorful graphics and fun animations that appeal to kids and grown-ups alike.

Get it on the App Store: iPhone | iPad

App was provided for our honest review.