A rising trend in kid’s toys is combining electronic features with real world toys. Many toy manufacturers have taken notice of the exploding tablet market and have designed toys to incorporate them. The results are some of the most immersing and fun toys for children ever released.
The Imaginext Apptivity Fortress is one such toy that connects to iPads (compatibility with other tablet types has not been announced yet) and uses it to create a medieval world for any child to explore.
With it, kids can roam around the castle halls, visit with the king, fight orcs and trolls, fly on their own dragon over the mountains of the kingdom, and even engage in two-player duels with friends and family.
The connected app is relatively new but already has a wealth of games and places to explore, and it’s a sure bet that Fisher Price will keep expanding them.
Let’s take a look at some of the features
The base of the Apptivity Fortress is a classic-looking castle. It includes two detachable cannons and a fully armored knight with sword at the ready. Even without the iPad, kids can spend hours pretending to defend their keep from evil hordes of knights, dragons, ogres, or any other enemy.
The two cannons can be placed on top of each of the two towers, and one can be plugged into the flat base in the front where the iPad interactivity takes place.
After installing the free app, the iPad is placed in a mount which only displays the screen. Because the screen is surrounded by the castle, kids are able to greatly increase their immersion. The fortress operates in both horizontal and vertical modes, both with fun and unique games to play and places to check out.
Vertical mode is where the attached cannon comes into play with enemies approaching on the screen and kids fighting them back. It is controlled by only a single button with one on each side to accommodate left and right handed kids.
In horizontal mode, the screen folds down flat, and kids can walk or fly around the castle actually using their knight on the screen.
There is so much to do in the fortress, it would be hard to list it all, and the amount only promises to grow!
Released a few years ago, the Imaginext Apptivity Fortress now has a suggested retail price of about $21. The app is free to download but consumers will need an iPad to download it. Individuals can also purchase additional characters, the Archer, Troll, and Wizard, each of which will unlock additional games and areas and now cost close to $5. Currently has a 3.8 rating on Amazon (Sept 2016)
Things We Like About Imaginext Apptivity Fortress
Millions of parents have purchased iPads over the last few years, and many of those parents have been quite understandably apprehensive about letting their younger children play with them.
The Apptivity Fortress takes a stab at solving that problem and succeeds quite admirably. It is rated for kids from 3 to 7, and its design and simplicity reflect that. Fisher Price designed the app to operate as intuitively as possible, and children will be able to play without any learning curve.
The two-player dueling feature is also excellent as it allows parents and friends to engage with their kids. With the amount of potential activities already included, the Apptivity Fortress promises to provide hours of fun and entertainment.
The Fortress is not necessary to play with the characters and the app. Some reviewers think that using the characters on their own is a better idea.
Others felt that setting up the ipad and then putting it back in its case afterwards was too much of a fiddle.
Purchasers may want to invest in a screen protector themselves to protect against any potential scratching from kids pulling the plastic knight across the screen.
The knight is made of plastic with rounded edges but with a device as costly as the iPad, it’s usually better to be safe than sorry.
Who Would Buy Imaginext Apptivity Fortress?
Since the fortress works exclusively with the iPad, owners with younger kids will have the most interest.
The fortress is a Fisher Price product. As one of the largest and most reputable toy companies in the world Fisher Price will certainly guarantee their product.
Is Imaginext Apptivity Fortress Worth the Money?
For those who already own an iPad, the current price of around $21 price tag for the fortress is reasonable. But it’d be hard to imagine someone purchasing an iPad exclusively to use with it.
The fortress is available from all major toy and department stores such as Walmart, Target and online retailers such as Amazon.
More Customer Reviews for Imaginext Apptivity Fortress
Many iPads are owned by parents of younger children so the Imaginext Apptivity Fortress could prove to be a good fit for both of them.
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