Dinosaur Zoo still waiting for more dinosaurs

Spoiler alert! If your kids love dinosaurs, Dinosaur Zoo is a nice, cheap little app that lets them check a few out in all their animated glory. Right now, however, there are only six, but this is a good time to invest in case they charge for the new ones to come.


This is my last week before I take off for summer vacation. I will return on September 13, the week after Labor Day. I decided to close out this season by reviewing dinosaur apps. Why? I don’t know for sure, but I suspect it’s because every summer my grandmother took us to the Chicago Museum of Natural History and my favorite exhibit was always the dinosaurs.

My attention span is (I mean was) short, so I would pester my mother to buy me a bunch of dinosaur stuff in the museum until she broke down and bought it. My dad would complain when we got back, but it was too late by then. I opened everything up on the way back on the commuter train. Then I would play with it all for the rest of my visit and throw it in my closet to be forgotten as soon as we got home.

Maybe Dad should have gone himself.

Truthfully, there isn’t much of importance to say about today’s app, Dinosaur Zoo, beyond the spoiler above. The pictures should provide anything else you need to know. But I wrote the review anyway.

Dinosaurs are dead and gone, but we just can’t let them go. Just look through the Netflix catalogue. At least one in then movies is about dinosaurs. Maybe more. Museums have entire sections devoted to the bones of dinosaurs. And theme parks have dino rides.

Fundamentalists hate them because they can’t possibly exist since they died out half a million years ago and the world is only seven thousand years old (give or take a millennium depending on who’s counting).

Little kids love them. They love plastic ones, they love purple plush ones, they love to draw dinosaurs and color dinosaurs outside the line in coloring books.

And if you want to shut kids up when they’re whining on a road trip, you can pass them your iPad and let them wander through the Dinosaur Zoo to their hearts’ content. Nonetheless, I hope you’re only driving to the store because there aren’t many dinosaurs in the zoo.

Yet.

Dotnamestudios appears to be planning a huge zoo with lots of new dinosaurs, at least according to the zoo’s map. But for now there are only eight. Four are pretty vicious and two so tame your kids can feed them. They seem to add a couple every three or four months, so eventually the library will expand.

Dinosaur Zoo has an extensive map with lots of dinosaurs. Unfortunately, most are still crated up and waiting for delivery.

The animations are spectacular and interactive. The dinosaurs will move in the direction of your finger, and even fly or swim off screen. If the dinosaur isn’t too dangerous, you can touch the screen and the food will drop into it’s jaws.

Your kids can actually play with the dinosaurs. The animations follow the touch directions.

You can also play back the dinosaur’s sounds, although how the developers know how the dinosaurs sound is beyond me. Best off all, you can mute the sound so your kid doesn’t drive you crazy, or, when they’re old enough to toggle the sound themselves, you can pass them headphones.

The app also provides a brief description of the dinosaur, although not nearly as detailed as the developer promises in the description on the app store. Mostly the description involves physical details, very little about habitat and behaviors. For a product that received an award for best educational app, Dinosaur Zoo provides surpassingly little education.

You can also reference a recap of each dinosaur’s vital statistics. Personally, I would like a little more education in an educational app, but I suppose there isn’t room for a lot of info when you have that much animation.

My advice? Buy Dinosaur Zoo now because when they do deliver all the dinosaurs it will be first rate. And until then, it will still distract your kids for a minute or two.

Jenny Manytoes rates Dinosaur Zoo

Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Dinosaur Zoo. It’s still waiting for most of the content, but the content it has now is pretty damn good.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.
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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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