Ariel’s Musical Surprise

Ariel's Musical Suprise
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • Best of the Best

  • Quality
    Editor: 100%
  • Entertainment
    Editor: 100%
  • Value
    Editor: 100%
  • Child Friendly
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

Join Flounder and his underwater friends as they create a special musical surprise for Ariel. Explore the underwater grotto to play music and discover unique interactive treasures!

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: 2.5
Download on the App Store

Overview

Ariel’s Musical Surprise takes children on a ride through Ariel’s sea cove full of incredible finds. Musical instruments, treasure chests, and other fun items allow children to explore this underwater world as they put together a musical surprise for Ariel. This is one app children will truly enjoy because they have the freedom to color various fish and bring them together to create wonderful music.

Features include:

  • 2D Illustrations
  • DreamPlay option
  • Music fun

Quality

Ariel’s Musical Surprise includes some truly incredible 2D graphics that allow children to move the device and play as if they were in the app. The high quality images are crystal clear and with the option to use DreamPlay (with specific Little Mermaid toys), children can dive into Ariel’s world. The sound effects included in this app are also very clear. As children play they can hear bubble sounds, water, and a wide variety of instruments as they explore Ariel’s grotto. Children are also going to love the musical sound effects since many of the rhythm’s and sounds come straight from the movie.

Education

This app is not rated on Educational value.

Entertainment

There are several options for fun in this creative app that include coloring fish, creating music, interacting with various treasures, and playing with special Little Mermaid toys in the app. As children move through the app, they will find various fish and other sea creatures to color and add them to the band. Once the band is constructed, they can create some fun musical tunes.

There is also a DreamPlay option that allows children who have specific Little Mermaid toys to enable a special surprise that will bring children into Ariel’s world. For children without the toys they can still enjoy playing with the virtual version within the app itself. In fact, the app is set up to ask children if they have the specific toy at home and if they want to play with the virtual version.

Whether users are exploring Ariel’s vast underwater treasures or playing with their Little Mermaid toys, one thing is for sure, children are going to love this versatile app for all that it offers.

Value

Ariel’s Musical Surprise is free, but does have an in-app purchase option to purchase the virtual toys for additional fun (priced at just under two dollars). Even without the in-app purchase, children can still enjoy selecting and coloring fish as well as creating music with their band for free which is great. For children with the specific Little Mermaid toys at home, the DreamPlay option can be enabled and no additional purchase is necessary.

Child Friendliness

Ariel’s Musical Surprise is a great app for children of all ages to explore the underwater grotto and the many treasures that are there. By easily moving the device around or sliding the scene around with one finger, users will enjoy the 3D effects in the illustrations.

Parents will also appreciate the fact that this app protects all of the “parent” areas. There are no social media links or flashy advertisements to be concerned about. One thing that is worth mentioning though is the in-app purchase link. While it is protected it is set up in the middle of the app and asks children of they have the specific toy at home. If they select “no”, they are asked if they want to purchase the toy. This set-up can cause some users to get a little frustrated and can cause distractions from the rest of the app as it sends users to the “protected” screen making it more difficult to get out of and back to the game.

With that said this app is one that children will really enjoy especially of they love Ariel and The Little Mermaid.

Comments

  1. That is really cool! Another app i’ve been using for my son lets him create his own music on different notes and instruments.. keeps him busy and hes really learning lots about what sounds good and what doesn’t.. i’d say it’s worth a look since you can access the free version for nothing:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hachiko.kidsmakemusiclite

  2. Ellen Valsecchi says:

    I love, love, LOVE your website. You have no idea how much it has helped me in my homeschooling endeavors.This website is a godsend. I was wondering if you could review an app called Math Ops – my kids have been bugging me about it because it has the Madagascar characters in them. Would love to hear what you think – This is the page I think http://www.jumpstart.com/mobileapps/ Again, thank you SO much for this review!

    • Lesley Taylor says:

      Ellen,

      Thanks for the lovely comments about our site. To be honest, I hadn’t pursued reviewing this app because I feel that the pay-to-play in app purchases of up to $24.99 way out of line for an educational app. Check your email for a surprise though!

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