There are fewer things kids like more than dinosaurs and spaceships. When the two are combined, the result is a wacky, slingshot game that the whole family can enjoy. Introducing Patrick's Dinosaur.
Learn About Gravity by Throwing Rocks
In Patrick's Dinosaur, kids help candy-colored dinosaurs stop alien spaceships with asteroids, boulders, hearts, and even cheese. They tap to hurl their projectiles into the air and try to hit the moving spaceships. Once they have hit 11 spaceships, they can move on to the next level.
The game consists of several levels featuring unique environments such as outer space, the moon, a cliffside, and a volcano. Each environment has its own rules of gravity: in outer space, for example, the rocks are light and can travel far. This small feature requires kids to be more thoughtful about the way they aim.
In addition to the main gameplay, Patrick's Dinosaur also includes a sticker mode where kids can create their own scene with animated dinosaurs, spaceships, and more. They can then take a snapshot of their creation and save it to Camera Roll.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Patrick's Dinosaur is a game without high scores or time limit. There is no penalty for missing a shot, and kids can take as long as they need to complete each level. And aside from hurling rocks at spaceships, there really isn't any violence in the app.
The app is the result of a family project. Developer Steve Hartford coded the app following a request from his son, Patrick, who wanted a game about dinosaurs and aliens. Steve's wife and Patrick created the artwork, and Patrick also provided the sound effects and narration for the app.
The app works on iPhone, iPad, and the new Apple TV. If you have multiple devices signed into the same iCloud account, your game and stickers will automatically be synchronized.
Things I Like
Patrick's Dinosaur is easy to use. Most of the menu items are clearly labeled, and the ones that are not labeled can be identified easily. The controls are also simple: you just tap tap tap to accomplish most of the tasks.
The app might not have the polish of a bigger app developer, but it still looks nice. The scenes are laid out neatly, the animations look smooth, and the sound effects are funny. The only drawback is that the child narrator doesn't always sound clear to me.
The gameplay itself is pretty fun. Even though it's quite simple, young kids will love the playful theme. They will also love making up their own stories with stickers. (It would be nice if we could record these stories directly from the app.)
Finally, the app can be used to introduce your kids to physics. You can discuss with your kids why in outer space the boulders can be flung far, while the ones on Earth seem to drop more easily. You can also use it to teach counting from 1-11.
A cute game with a lot of heart, Patrick's Dinosaur is great for young kids and even adults who are looking for some simple fun time. They will love the wacky storyline and the silly animations, as well as the easy and intuitive gameplay. Kids who enjoy storytelling can also get creative with fun animated stickers.
App was provided for our honest review.