I was pleased to be asked to review the iMommy app but my daughter already played a number of “baby care” games and I expected it to be much the same. How wrong I was!
First of all you get to design your baby. I know, in real life designer babies would be a bad thing, but in the imommy world it’s a great thing! You can chose from 4 ethnicities of baby and you can change hair color, eye color and outfit color, as well as being able to choose a motif for the front of the outfit.
Then you get to take care of your baby. There is a learning curve, but a very basic one so the app is excellent for the 2 – 10 year old range. For instance, when you put your baby into the highchair in the kitchen, you can open the fridge and take out a bottle. But if you give the bottle straight to the baby, it will throw it on the floor and after several attempts it will throw it at the screen causing a ‘crack’ to appear. It took Evey several tries to work out that you have to put the bottle in the microwave and warm the milk before the baby will drink it and when she had worked this out she was very pleased with herself.
You have to change your baby’s diaper and this caused much merriment on the occasions when the diaper came off with ‘poop’ in it! Both Evey & Gabriel were cracking up laughing and running around shouting “POOP POOP”.
They also both enjoyed playing with the baby in the imommy play room. The baby can play ball with a friend, bang the drums and do a different thing with each of the books. Evey found it especially funny when her baby would put a book on its head.
There are lots of other adventures to be had in imommy but, just as in real life, you must get your baby to sleep at the end of the day.
Evey and Gabriel have abandoned the other baby apps and now play only with imommy. I think it is a lovely app that really appeals to the nurturing side of a child’s nature. The little ones would play with it for hours if they were allowed to and sometimes, if I’m really lucky, they let me have a go too!
In conclusion, I cannot recommend imommy highly enough. It is beautifully put together – the graphics are lovely – and has enough of a challenge to keep your child engaged for repeated uses. The imommy lite version (which is the one I have reviewed here) is available free at the itunes store. It requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iphone, ipad and ipod touch. And not to worry – the android version is on its way.