Developer: Daredevil Development
Format: iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad)
Three stages helpfully marked up in colours and an impressive array of games that go beyond the usual.
Tablet obsessed children know their games before they can string a sentence together and with the number of games aimed at the 0-5 age group, it is very difficult to stand out from the crowd.
Fortunately Tilly and Friends stands apart. The app is illustrated in muted pastel shades and features music from the TV show, a far cry from the usual riot of primary colours that other apps sport.
Author/illustrator Polly Dunbar wrote the original series of picture books, which were subsequently fashioned into a TV series about Tilly, a little girl and her animal friends Pru, Tumpty, Doodle, Hector and Tiptoe. Arranged along three levels of dexterity, the game has the characters performing simple tasks and the most interesting bit was that my 3-year-old was able to understand what was required of him. There are 32 mini games that get unlocked as a child progresses upping the difficulty level as the games progress.
We didn’t encounter any issues with the app and from the two dozen children’s apps currently on the tablet, Tilly and Friends has remained at the top of the favourites list since installation.