Sunday, 20 January 2013

Magikid Circus By Magikid - Review

  This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.49
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 07 November 2012
  • Version: 1.01
  • Size: 86.7 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese
  • Seller: Shanghai Magikid Network Technology Co., Ltd
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

If you have ever wanted to join the circus and travel the world MagiKid Circus is an app you should take a look at. MagiKid Circus provides its users with the ability to create a movie from start to finish. Users are able to choose the background, setting, characters and determine the script that will be performed.  They are also able to include their own narration and music selections then pull it all together and record their movie. One nice feature of the app is that it provides some background regarding the cultures of the various locations they might have chosen.

iTunes provided the following description of the app. Choose a cast from a variety of different characters, select your scene, setting, music and direct your own show! For kids 4-12 years old, the Magikid Series brings you another platform for creativity, Magikid Travelling Circus.

The Magikid Travelling Circus takes off in a hot air balloon on a whirlwind adventure around the globe, delivering exciting performances in every country they stop in. Join the Magikid Travelling Circus, travel the world and perform your own memorable stories!

·        One Location, One Stage
Stages divided by countries: We begin with England, the United States, Canada, Italy and Greenland for now, but there are many, many more stages to come! Discover and learn about beautiful sceneries along with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eskimos in igloos, goddesses and play interactive games. Each stage comes with specifically composed music for your location and 2 scenes.

·        Learn About Different Cultures
Gain all sorts of great knowledge about a country’s flag, specialities or geographic location by simply tapping the flag or its location on the map. Plus, you get to cast great characters like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley or Roberto Baggio in your show!

·        Special Effects and Props
In addition to the scene’s fun props, you can also make it snow, rain, blow bubbles, blow a whistle and get your audience to applaud to make your show a true spectacular success.

·        Record and Upload Your Show
Choose your favourite characters, scene and music, then just pull the clapper-board on the right to begin recording your very own show. Share your production with the world by uploading it from the app!

·        Watch Other Shows
Compiled in one location, coming from all over the world, view the collection of stories from other users separated into categories that make it easy for you to navigate: Popular, Highest Ranked, and Latest. Where will your show be?

Things I like About the App:
·        It requires children to use their own creativity..
·        Offers a multi-cultural component.
·        It is designed more for the older child.

Things I Would Like to See Changed in Future Updates:

·        Create a new way to export the final product. I do not like that they are collecting data privacy information on children and then their final product can by uploaded to the internet.
·        Provide a set of clear directions on how to use the app.
·        Clean up the few spots that Chinese still appears when English is chosen as the language.
·        The cultural explanations are simplistic in nature but might need a little more information to ensure the user interprets them correctly.
·        $9.99 is a high price tag for an app like this even though there are not currently any in-app purchases. 

More information about the Magikid apps can be viewed by clicking on the following links:
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