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I was really excited when I pre-ordered this. My initial thoughts are that the games are not as well developed as could be. The character and scripts are under developed, and the game doesn’t actually check the work the child is doing so even if the letter is made incorrectly in the alphabet game the character says something from a series of stock phrases. Sometimes the game doesn’t read correctly what is on the mat, so I’m the costume game, for example, we have had trouble moving the story forward because we have the feet with the boat and the game Still thinks we have the tutu on the character.
There is no number practice, only letters, and I wish there were more learning - phonics, and as I said, numbers, colors, etc. I think this is a good first attempt but I think there is a lot that can be improved. Scripts and character development, more attention to detail, and some additional games not requiring more to buy. This is pretty expensive for what we got. I pay less for Marco Polo for a year and feel like I get more value out of that.
I love how the creators of Osmo figures out how to incorporate physical movement of items along with the screen time. It’s very interactive. I took away 1 star because it will not work if you have a case. We have a very slim thin case and it still doesn’t work with it, so we have to remove the case but then it’s at risk for breaking. I removed another star because I’m not a big fan of the characters saying “magic”. Instead of giving credit to magic when a child completes something, the credit should go to the child. Also, it’s not like they just say it once or twice...every other word is “magic” or “magical” the entire time, so it just becomes super annoying. I’m hoping Osmo comes out with new games for this age group that we can try.
I am updating my review. Changed from 1 star to 3 star because I finally received an email from their support group who said they unlocked my account. No explanation was given. It's still frustrating that they do not provide phone contact for trouble shooting. Instead I had to resort to sending numerous emails before finally getting some help. My grandson (3yo) does find some of the games fun even though they are difficult. I think he is showing some improvement. I'm happy to get it working again. I think this will be a good learning tool for my grand children. As they get older, this may deserve another star, because the kids may benefit from being able to do more of the advanced programs. Difficult to set up. Not clear what games are included. The phone app is terrible. My grandchild enjoyed the basic games once I figured out which ones are active. Was really difficult initially trying to figure out which package was appropriate for his age 3yo. Now a little more than a month since purchase, I have been locked out and told my trial period is over. This is outrages!!!. One month trial of four simple learning games cost $80.00!!!. Thought It was a learning program . Plus I bought a sampler to determine if he was able to play some additional games. Nothing works. Get same message. Unable to find any kind of a help number to call to find out if that's all I get for my purchase or trouble shoot. Instead I get a pop-up that wants me to take a picture of my purchase and send, they'll contact me in one business day!. Well my grand son is here now and wants to play not tomorrow.
So this is very interactive. It allows toddlers to use their hands to make upper and lower case letters. The bad part is it introduces blends and flexible phonics instead of just focusing on initial letter sounds. For example to teach the sound for “d” it uses “drum” and for the sound “p” it uses “photo”. Toddlers will enjoy creating pictures for squiggly and problem solving for stories. However the costume party uses grunts and other noises instead of words to express feelings when the toddler is working on listening and following directions. Overall it is good but the company has flaws when it comes to teaching beginning sounds.
I bought the regular Genius set for my 2.5 year old not realizing the differences several months back. She was still able to use different games, her favorite being Monster. We just used a small whiteboard and dry erase marker and it worked well. However, one I realized I should have gotten the little Genius set I’ve been hunting for a deal on it. I think the individual game piece sets are extremely overpriced. I finally caught a deal in the set and got it yesterday. My daughter just turned 3 and loves the sticks and rings, I feel that it teaches her a lot about the letters and learning distances etc. The costume party I really am disappointed in. There is little to no directions or meaningful interaction between the game and my daughter.
The base is great though, for use with or without Osmo. It’s good to set the iPad on the table and keep it a safe distance from her face while allowing her to play.
Overall, I do really love this game and most of the apps that go with it.
My 3 almost 4 year old has been playing Osmo genius kit for a year now and can 90% understand how to play those games. I bought this one because it’s targeted more for her age group. She enjoys it but it’s a little slow so it seemed like she got bored a lot quicker. Overall great quality in the apps and game pieces.
For what you get it’s not really worth the price my daughter gets bored of it really easily. You have to download all the activities it’s separate apps for each one. Would have been nice if they were all in one app. Having to purchase separate items is kind of a waste for me. The system itself is great but not worth it.
It takes work to set up, but great fun one it is working. Also, do get an Osmo specific case because the device requires you to take the ipads out of it’s case every time you use it my 5 year old did not know to put the ipad back in it’s case ans broke her ipad. That is a very pricey mistake for a child.
A lot of fun for my 3 year old but I wish You could do more with each game kit and even do more without having to buy every game kit. There is not a big selection of game kits to buy on the website either. All in all I’m glad we got it.