Animator Lucas Zanotto has released a follow-up to his Drawnimal app called Miximal. It’s a traditional mix-and-match style children’s game in which different combinations of animals can be created by swiping left and right. Well-designed bits of animation accompany each section of the animal (head, torso and feet), and when all three pieces align into a complete animal, the creature peforms a short act.
The animation is packed with effortless charm, and accompanied with fun sound design by Ulrich Troyer. If one could lodge a complaint, it might be that the app doesn’t quite fulfill its educational initiative because it teaches children incorrect pronunciation of certain words. In the English version (one of five options on the app), the narrator turns the two-syllable word penguin into a three-syllable word, and breaks up the syllables in crocodile as croc-o-dile instead of the correct cro-co-dile.
But if you don’t have kids—or don’t care whether your kids pronounce animal names properly—this app is a no-brainer at $2 on the iTunes store. Zanotto released the app through his new company Yatatoy.