Given the popularity of dinosaurs among kids, it's not surprising to find many apps about them. The latest app to catch my interest is Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children.
Developed by Moona Group, Ginkgo Dino introduces kids (and adults) to creatures that lived more than 70 million years ago. The app consists of two parts: an exploration game and an interactive encyclopedia for all ages, written and edited by paleontologists.
Explore the Cretaceous Period with Ginkgo
Upon starting the app, kids choose whether they want to play or read the encyclopedia. The Game takes place in an ancient forest where creatures of various shapes and sizes live. Kids move their finger across the screen to guide the app's namesake and mascot, Ginkgo, around the lush landscape. Whenever they see a twinkling star, they can move Ginkgo there to watch funny animations and listen to a short story about dinosaurs or other reptiles.
The app has 10 kinds of dinosaurs to discover, from the enormous Rapetosaurus to the small Nemicolopterus. Each dinosaur is given a unique name and personality so that it is easier to remember. For example, Anna is an armored Ankylosaurus that likes to tease Ginkgo by burping in his face. There is also Bataar the Tarbosaurus that looks menacing at first but gets scared easily.
The Encyclopedia section offers articles, written by paleontologists, that describe in detail each dinosaur in the game: their physical characters, habitat, feeding habits, and more. Kids can also take part in mini games like unearthing bones and putting together dinosaur fossils. Finally, they can also learn how the dinosaurs compare to modern animals using an interactive diagram.
Parents Need to Know
Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children is most suitable for ages 6+, but younger kids can also join on the fun. Even if they are too young to read or listen to the scientific explanation, they can still play the games and enjoy the animations. The app is simple and easy to use overall, and most kids should be able to use it with minimal help.
The app is kid-safe. It has no in-app purchases and no third-party advertising, and all links to external sites are secured by a parental gate. A section for grown-ups provides detailed information on how to use the app.
Things I Like
Ginkgo Dino is a terrific app for anyone who loves dinosaurs. Kids will love exploring every inch of the beautiful jungle to find delightful surprises and interesting creatures. They will also get a kick out of playing paleontologist and digging up dinosaurs fossils. There is plenty enough to see and do, and the activities are engaging for a wide range of ages.
Content-wise, this is a pretty scientific app with vocabulary geared towards older kids. That said, information is served in small enough chunks that younger kids will be able to grasp some of it and not feel overwhelmed. The app is fully narrated, and kids can choose whether they want to read by themselves or have the narrator read to them.
Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Children is a must-have for any dinosaur enthusiast. This engaging app packs enough content to pique the interest of kids and grown-ups alike, and is educational without being boring. It's also very simple and easy to use. Highly recommended!
App was provided for our honest review.