Bamba Space Station is a fanciful outerspace playground filled with rooms to explore, machines to manipulate, and space friends to play with. The app encourages creativity, inventiveness, and storytelling as young users visit the many rooms on the Space Station.
12 unique rooms
7 crazy space creatures
Over 100 machines
Over 500 unique items to play with
Preserve scenes in each room with ipad’s screen shot feature
This is a very high-quality app that is completely intuitive and language free to use. It’s wonderful for young children or those with language issues. That being said, it would be very nice for the more tradition-bound among us if it had a bit more guidance about its features. A parents’ area that explains all of the benefits that young children will realize when using this app would not only be very helpful when guiding children who are less likely to explore on their own, it would also be a wonderful sales tool to convince adults to invest.
While this app is not directly educational (and I’m not sure it’s really intended to be!), it does have several features that will benefit young users’ academic development. First of all, there are twelve “rooms” on board the space ship, each with a different theme, different machines and different activities. This will challenge anyone’s memory banks as they try to return to places they remember enjoying previously.
Each room contains many “machines” that dispense items ranging from power tools to cupcakes. In many places, the items can be combined to cause them to morph into variations of themselves. For example, combining the strawberry with an ice cream cone will produce a scoop of strawberry ice cream. The rooms have dance music to turn on or off, and many other types of entertainment. Children can preserve their creations in each room by snapping screenshots using iPad’s camera.
The app could be improved by offering parents some suggestions about how to use it to enhance a child’s learning. Ideas include sequencing by telling what activities were tried in which order, describing the objects that were created, counting the number of each type of item produced by the machines, telling stories about the app’s characters, and so forth.
Young children will enjoy exploring the Bamba Space Station. There are currently 12 rooms with various themes and focuses, and developers indicate in the app’s description that more are in the works. The machines, other illustrations, sound effects, and actions are all very engaging, and kids will adore exploring this app’s many, many “nooks and crannies” and then revisiting their favorite parts.
Bamba Space Station is a good value at $1.99 in the App Store. The app is engaging and has enough content to keep most young children occupied for hours. In addition, its nonverbal presentation makes it ideal for younger children and those with special needs. The app can be enjoyed by toddlers on up.
Bamba Space Station is child friendly. However, there are two links on the home screen that open suggestions for other apps. If a user clicks on any of these links, there is a parent gate requiring typing the answer to a simple math problem. This might be too simple for older users who still enjoy the app.