What It Is
Tree Fu Tom 3D Adventures is an iOS app that uses Augmented Reality (AR) to make it seem like characters from Tree Fu Tom are in a child's real-world environment. By simply holding your smartphone or tablet above a magazine or book, Tom and Twigs can be launched into the real world, allowing kids to walk, fly, or leaf board the characters across the room to land on objects. Kids can also make Tom and Twigs talk, rap, and more. Use the characters and commands to create your own Tree Fu Tom videos, or take pictures of the characters in your room, in your backyard, or on top of your dog and save them to your device's photo gallery. You can also share your pictures with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or via email, but a parent must turn on this feature by tapping and holding the parental control button on the homepage.
Playing the three mini games, each with two difficulty levels, will eventually unlock different features to the main 3D Adventures mode. In Nectar Collector, kids help the bees bring nectar to the hive. This game can be played in AR mode so that the bees and hive appear in a child's real-world environment. However, a parent must turn on that feature in the parental controls section.
The Slimeweed Defence game uses your device's gyroscope. Just move the device left and right to defend yourself from the spitting slimeweeds.
And The Aphids Rescue game challenges kids to activate the Super Net Go Spell and touch left and right on the screen to catch the baby aphids in the Super Net.
You can create multiple user profiles within the app so that kids can progress through the games at different rates. The app also keeps track of which user has the highest scores.
Is It Fun?
Fans of Tree Fu Tom will like being able to interact with Tom and Twigs in their real-world environment. The ability to control the characters and make videos and photos adds a lot of creativity to the play. The mini games are appropriately challenging for the youngest players, while older fans will be more interested in creating their own adventures in the 3D Adventures mode.
Who It’s For
Tree Fu Tom 3D Adventures is for Tree Fu Tom fans ages 3-5. The app contains no links to other apps or ads.
What To Be Aware Of
This iOS app is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 6.0 or later. However, due to heavy graphics and processing requirements, Crane Media recommends the app only for use on iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 2, or newer devices.
If using the Nectar Collector game in AR mode, it's recommended that children be supervised when playing the game on iPad. The larger, heavier device means it's more easily susceptible to being dropped as kids play.
The use of AR technology adds a creative element to the play. The games are fun, but it's creating videos and photos with the characters in a real-world setting that kids will want to play with the most.