Kalley's Machine Plus Cats by RocketWagon (Universal)
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Version: 1.3.3
Size: 53 MB
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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats

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Based on a true story of childhood optimism, Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is the super-fun interactive story about a 4-year-old girl’s drawing and her heartwarming plan to save her dad from his daily commute.

** Proud to be one of USA Today’s 10 TOP KIDS APPS of 2014! **
** FEATURED as one of the BEST NEW APPS in the App Store! ** (Thanks Apple!)

PRESS -----------------------------------------------

USA Today (4/4 Stars) : “This app showcases some of the most elegant interactions ever placed inside of a kids’ book app.”

Common Sense Media (5/5 Stars) : “Kalley’s excitement about her cool machine is contagious.”

148 Apps (4.5/5 Stars) : “I am so very impressed with the wonderful and witty machines ... as well as the overall quality of this app.”

The iMums (5/5 Stars) : “A beautiful and brilliant storybook app unlike any I have ever seen.”

AWARDS & HONORS ----------------------------

* USA Today’s 10 TOP KIDS APPS of 2014

* Kirkus’ BEST BOOK APPS of 2014

* 2014 Cybils AWARD WINNER

* Common Sense Media's Best Book Apps for Kids

* TechWithKids BEST PICK APP

* THE KIRKUS STAR - Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit

* mFWA Mobile of the Day - for Interactive Experience

STORY ----------------------------------------------

When Kalley shows her dad her drawing for a new machine, he is baffled by the confusing collection of hammers, gears, fire, smoke and conveyors. As Kalley explains each part of her invention, the drawing comes to life even as its overall purpose becomes less and less clear to her dad. It is only when Kalley explains the machine’s final component that her master plan to keep her dad from commuting is revealed.


So, there really is a ‘Kalley’. She really drew a machine. Her dad couldn’t build it. So they made an app out of it instead. Full story at kalleysmachine.com.

FEATURES ----------------------------------------


Kalley’s Machine was crafted with interactivity as the first priority. Satisfyingly touchable controls put kids in charge of each twist and smash of the machine. Controls come in a wide machiney variety:

● Cranks
● Sliders
● Dials
● Levers
● Switches
● Buttons

With the machine, kids can:

● Smash Stuff
● Inflate Stuff
● Shrink Stuff
● Burn Stuff (or lightly toast it)
● Paint Stuff
● Grab Stuff
● Drop Stuff
● Mold Stuff Into Shapes
● Do A Few Other Things Including...


Kalley’s Machine is a story based on a 4 year-old girl’s drawing. As such, it includes cats. They are completely irrelevant to the story. However, they are way fun to harass.

Tease them. Scare them. Puzzle them. Adore them. We think you’ll love the cats.


Cuz it’s a story, right? Of course, you can read the story the old-fashioned way. But, to aid new readers, we’ve also included two helpful interactive story features:

● Read-to-Me, narrated by Kalley and her dad with highlighted words.
● Touch-to-Read, where words are spoken when they are touched.


Honestly, we designed this story to be fun. But if you're not careful, you might actually learn something too!

The interactive medium offers kids great chances to explore some basic concepts which are both safer and less messy than their real-world alternatives. Creative parents may recognize the opportunity to discuss:

● Subtractive Color Mixing
● Pressure/Temperature Relationships
● Gear Ratios
● Air Pressure/Vacuums
● How Overcooking Can Burn Stuff


We have made this app super-safe for kids by having:

● No Ads
● No In-App-Purchases
● Parental Gates in Our Parents Section

What's new in version 1.3.3
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

We've added helpful prompts to make sure young explorers find all the dials, levers, switches, sliders and buttons on every page! We kind of liked letting kids discover that stuff on their own. But then we realized some kids were missing some of the fun. And that isn't cool. So we pointed out the fun stuff.

We've also made a bunch of little improvements. You probably won't notice. But . . . well . . . we did. So we made things better.
Our verdict: Good
  • + Kalley's Machine Plus Cats is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + It is currently 67% off its regular price.
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