What It Is
Komaneko is an iOS and Android app featuring the popular cat character from the short film Komaneko: The First Steps. The app includes the short film, a 34-page narrated ebook of the film's story, and multiple games and activities.
Kids can choose to listen to the pre-recorded narration for the ebook or record their own narration. Up to three narrations can be recorded at once. While reading the story, kids can tap the screen to hear the words of objects on the screen or be taken to a variety of games, puzzles, and coloring pages. These activities can also be accessed under the "play" button on the homepage. The activities include coloring pages, a matching game, a spot the difference game, puzzles, a game called Mission Button, and a movie maker. The movie maker lets kids make their own animated stop-motion movie, which can then be shared via email to friends and family. (A grown-up is required to solve a math equation before the movie can be shared.)
Is It Fun?
This app has a lot of interactivity, and kids will love the story and video of this cute cat character. The app encourages kids to get creative and make their own stories and videos just like Komaneko.
Who It’s For
Komaneko is for ages 5 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
The info button on the homepage includes an option for purchasing additional apps, but to access it, a grown-up must solve a math equation.
The app is available in English, Malay, and Mandarin.
There are so many different activities within this app, and that coupled with the cuteness of the Komaneko character will definitely keep kids coming back to this app.