The first review is in!
Fun Educational Apps is the first to review Santa Snoop.
Their review noticed some things about that app that I, as developer, had not really thought about. First, they observed that the app is “a really cute way of turning the tables for kids to be the ones checking in on Santa.” I had not actually thought of it that way, but that is a great point!
They also noted that, “This app is really simple to use. There are literally no buttons to push.” Another interesting point. That was not a conscious decision. The idea was just to keep it as simple and focused as possible, and in the end, the app just didn’t need any buttons (except for the little “info” button).
The review did observe one key design goal of the app, which was to add a bit of mystery to Santa’s activities. The app gives you little clues about what Santa is doing, but the rest is up to your imagination. “I liked that it wasn’t a blatant announcement of his (Santa’s) activities. It was a realistic peek into his life. Users will have to listen and infer what he’s doing as he prepares for his trip.”
Santa Snoop is probably more audial than visual, sort of like eavesdropping on a phone call from the North Pole. Once you find Santa, it might even work best with your eyes closed.