Friday, January 10, 2014

Good Free App of the Day - Hungry Hungry Hippos

Remember the game Hungry Hungry Hippos? The loud chomping Hippos? The choking hazard tiny white marbles flying around your home? Well, those are the memories of the game I have as a parent. However, if I think back to my childhood, I remember laughter and happiness and so many fun times. We bought the game for the girls, but it instantly caused a sensory nightmare for my kids. They would eventually be dissolved in tears because they so badly wanted to play the game, but the loud noises made them physically hurt. Then, I found Hungry Hungry Hippos in the app store, and I could not wait to try it out! One of the neatest parts of this game are that you can play as a single player, against another live person, or play against the computer.

 If you would like to download Hungry Hungry Hippos (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking on the button:


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By tapping the screen of your tablet, you operate the hippo of your choice. Play by yourself, against up to three friends or against the computer. Choose from Blue (Sweetie Potamus), Green (Veggie Potamus), Orange (Hungry Hippo), and Yellow (Bottomless Potamus). Now, you're ready to play. Tapping on the screen activates your hippos neck. The hippo to collect the most apples and bananas wins!

I love the simplicity of this game. I adore the fact that I can turn the volume either completely off or to the desired decibel level appropriate for my girls' sensitive ears. I also love that I am not chasing tiny white marbles around my house. Because the game is on my tablet, I can bring it with me wherever I go and entertain the girls appropriately. The game allows for teaching the valuable skill of good sportsmanship. We work hard to teach the girls that it doesn't matter if you win or lose, but this is not a black and white concept. Games with simple instructions allow us to show the girls it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you are nice to each other.

What childhood game did you have a love/hate relationship with, but might just be better on a tablet?

From iTunes:
The Hungry Hungry Hippos are on the move… to the Tiki Pond where you will race to chomp up mangos and bananas! The app brings the frenzied, marble-chomping game to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The faster you make your Hippo move, the more fruits they can chomp. Who will you challenge to this fun fruit frenzy game? 

Choose from 3 ways to play:

1. Single Player: Choose your Hippo and see how fast you can chomp all the fruit! How’d you do? Think you can beat your time? Play again! Available via all iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

2. Hippo-vs-iDevice: Choose which Hippo you want to be, and be ready to race the machine! Whoever eats the most fruit first wins! Available via all iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

3. 4 player Hippo: Gather your friends together and start chomping at the Tiki Pond. This four player mode offers laughter and mango munching fun for all at the same time! Only available via iPad.


Amanda loves games, but is happy when they don't make a huge mess!

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