A brand new app has been launched which teaches kids about emergency services. The app is based on City of Friends, the children’s TV show that has turned into a global phenomenon and currently airing in over 150 countries.
The new app available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod on iTunes and Android allow fans to interact with the show’s emergency service recruits, Max the police officer, Elphie the fire officer and Ted the paramedic, to solve problems and help people around their city. In its native Norway, the new City of Friends app is the number one app for children.
The City of Friends app retails at £2.50 from the App Store.
When I first told Aly that we had a need game to try out on the iPad she got really excited which was a good start. We downloaded the app and straight away she recognized the characters from the TV. The first thing was the catchy theme music that has now meant I’ve been singing it for the past 12 hours.
You are then greeted with the above screen which shows various different games you can play. The first is a memory game which Aly loves anyway, to cater for different ages you have a choice of how difficult the game is.
The second game is help Ted the Teddy-bear sort out his first-aid kit, again you have two different difficult levels and Aly loved this game and knew all the objects from her own dress up box, and she also made up a little story to go with this game.
The final game on the top row is Fly Hayley the police helicopter with Max the Monkey to collect various items, Aly wasn’t so keen on this challenge, not sure why .
You can also fight fires with Elphie the Elephant where you have to point his trunk filled with water at various fires and again you have different fires to keep them entertained.
There is also a video clip section and a bit on different emergency vehicles. Aly loved pretty much the whole app and picked it up very quickly. Its a fun app and educational too which makes a change from some of the things she plays on the iPad.
City of Friends airs weekdays on Channel 5’s Milkshake at 6.20am, Saturdays at 6.15am and Sundays at 6.25am or visit www.cityoffriends.com and the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CityofFriendstv to find out more information. Or watch your favourite episodes whenever you want at http://milkshake.channel5.com/all-day-milkshake-programmes/city-of-friends/episodes.