Today I came across an ARKit kids’ game called AR童趣盒子 (“AR Children’s Fun Box” according to Microsoft translator or Google “AR childlike box” as translated by Google translate, I’ll keep it as Microsoft translator translated it, sounds better). This is an interactive game in which kids can open up a surprise box and each time gets a different toy to play with.
I really enjoy reviewing kid games. I usually have my niece with me so I can see her reaction and ask her for her opinion, but not this time. You can also check out the latest kids games that I recently reviewed, including Makeup Salon AR, Math Ninja AR, and My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR. All are great ARKit games for kids and preschoolers.
I don’t know Chinese, but what caught my attention are the vibrant and polished visuals.It looked like a game that can be really fun to play, so I’ve decided to try it.
Now, the thing about some kids games is that they don’t have a lot of text, mostly buttons for interactions. Just think about it, a game aimed at kids should be able to be used by a little kid who doesn’t know how to read yet. Those games usually have some information for the parents so they understand what the app does and show it to their kids. Even the instructions are visual and self-explanatory. I was able to figure out what the controls do with the short tutorial and from experimenting with them. After a few seconds I was already playing the game, and I don’t understand a single word in Chinese.
You can easily pick up the game and let your child play it. The reason that I bothered with all this it because it’s really a great Augmented Reality (AR) game for kids.
Just to make things easier for you, here is an explanation what each button does, in English of course.
Now, for each toy, you have certain interaction, but you don’t need me for this. For example, you see the tank in the image, I can control it using the virtual joystick on the left and shoot rockets using the red button.
How to make the game fun for your child to play?
Let your child click the toy box button (“Grab a new toy”. Once your child taps it, he will get a new virtual toy to play with. It can be a tank or a car he can drive around shoot, it can be a pistol shooting candies or a water gun that sprays water. There is a really cool flip-up fantasy book where you can page through it using the two arrow buttons. One of my favorites is the helicopter, which your child can fly around the place and there is the band with two girls, one playing the piano other is singing, and a guy doing the drums.
Here is a gameplay video that I’ve recorded so you can see what this game is all about and see if you like your child to play it or not.
There are some items that you can collect coins or shoot bombs. The entire playground feels really alive and it’s really fun interacting with it.
You can spawn several toys at the same time, and some even interact with each other. If you spawn new toys, you can only interact with the last one you deployed. You can change toys by just double tapping on the toy that you want to play with. For example, if you are currently playing with the tank and want to flip the book, just double tap the book and you will get to see the book’s controls.
I’m sure your kid will love the gun that shoots candies, I really liked it and it was fun shooting candies all over the place.
AR Experience & Gameplay
The game works really well, but I did find an issue, where the toys are restricted to a certain square area that was previously detected when you started the game. Now, for some reason, it didn’t work out for me, but I think if you leave the surface scan on, the toys can move to a different area. The surface scan button is the green button, second from the top on the right side. The one that looks like a radar.
For example, I spawned a tank, and it couldn’t move outside the square area that was detected by ARKit. It shouldn’t be like that. The app should scan several surfaces and be able to move the virtual objects along all surfaces. What I think the developer did was not allowing the toys to move in unscanned areas and that’s the reason it kind of ruined the flow of the game. Not a big issue and maybe it will work better for you.
The graphics are really nice. I really liked the colorful scene, the animations, the sounds, it felt really great seeing my boring living room coming to life. Kids will love it because there are so many different types of toys that children like, for example, a teddy bear, a snowman, dinosaurs, fantasy book, candies, etc.
The number toys are quite limited. I think there are around 10 toys to play with overall. When you press the Toy Box button you get a new toy each time. When you think that it’s too cluttered on the floor, you can click the garbage icon to erase the entire scene. Then a spaceship will come and suck all the toys like a vacuum cleaner.
There is also a Photo mode, which is the camera buttons on the left side. When you click on it, the app captures a photo of what you see on the screen but without the user interface controls. You can take a picture of your child with the toys or let your child take a picture of you with them.
AR童趣盒子 (“AR Children’s Fun Box”) came as a really big surprise. I wish there was an English version of it. I downloaded it from the US AppStore. Usually, developers put an English version of the game there, or with translation but this is not the case here. I also didn’t find any way to change the language. It’s kind of sad because more people would use this game if it was translated into English or other languages for that matter. For some reason, the iTunes page shows the game language as English, and I have no idea why.
I highly recommend downloading this game because I am positive that your kids will love this game. The game is rated 4+ on the iTunes page. The game is also cataloged under Education.
I also know that you probably won’t be able to find it using search, so just click here to visit the official game’s page on iTunes. Hope your kids have fun with it.
AR Children's Fun Box
AR Children’s Fun Box for kids. It comes with lots of cool interactive virtual toys that your kid can interact with. There won’t be a single boring moment in this game. It’s colorful with lively and cheerful animations and sound effects. It’s a mess-free experience and you don’t need to clean anything up after your kid finished playing it. You can get it for free on the AppStore—so go and try it out, I’m sure your child will have a great time playing it.