As a Mac-toting mommy of three curtain-climbing, carpet-crawling, cat-tail-biting pre-schoolers, I cherish an inexpensive Mac game for kids that has more levels than I have years of age. Even better if the game leverages games the kids already know and love but are bored with already. Even better if they don’t have nightmares from the crazy characters in the game. Roll all those requirements together and you get MadCap.
It’s what happens when Angry Birds meets Cut The Rope meets Old MacDonald’s barnyard animals (and their long lost wildlife cousins).
They’re Homeless, Hungry, And Not Happy
Imagine a bunch of animals that are roaming the world in search of a place to sleep and a decent meal.
Who’s got all the food and a nice fat cat life? Those big farms with all the lazy barnyard animals. Who wants a piece of the action?
This app is just rife with teaching material about sharing, conflict resolution, right and wrong, and why Occupy Wall Street is a better location for protestation than Occupy Old MacDonald’s Farm (remember that protest? Of course you don’t).
MadCap is easy for children to understand and play. 54 levels will keep them out of your hair for an hour or two (maybe more).
54 levels? My kids can’t count that high.
When they get bored and I ask them which level they’re on and they don’t know, well, they have to start over. That should work until the youngest one hits kindergarten.
The sound effects are good and the graphics attractive enough (but not Angry Birds quality).
MadCap bills itself as addicting gameplay, but, really, what kind of game is addictive to a pre-school girl? Besides biting the cat’s tail and French kissing with the dog?
So, here’s the skinny (click any image above for a larger, pop-up version).
MadCap is fun for kids (and adults after a few drinks) and will keep them occupied for awhile.
It’s also a cheap game, relative to many other Mac games, and there’s an iPhone and iPad version.
Seriously. Do you let pre-school children play games with your iPhone? I allowed that once and the oldest ended up talking to someone in China. I think it was China. It could’ve been India. Or, the tennis pro at La Jolla Country Club.
Regardless, MadCap is cheap fun and full of lessons for little ones.