Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD iPad Video App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review we are constantly seeing new ways in which the iPad is capable of enhancing early childhood development, making it one of the most important (and coolest) resources a modern parent can have. And at the heart of that innovation are apps like Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD, an iPad app by developer XIMAD.
Function and Design
Those of you familiar with Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” will instantly recognize the story at the center of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD. The iPad app features the tale of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, repackaged in HD glory for the iPad. The app presents the text in the same manner you would expect from a children’s book, with clearly readable lines surrounded by lightly-toned illustrations. However, the app adds a bit of modern flavor by allowing the reader to manipulate just about any object on the screen. It’s a great innovation, and it adds a lot of entertainment value to an already engaging story.
The artwork and interface presented here are very crisp as well. Navigating to different pages is as easy as pushing a leaf arrow at the bottom, or pulling down the table of contents from the top of the screen. Discovering these may take a second, as there’s not much by way of in-app documentation, but it’s far from impossible to manage. It’s worth noting that the artwork perfectly matches the story, and is top-notch in every way. This app would be equally at home as a traditional children’s book as it is in digital format: The artwork is simply that good.
When looking at an iPad app for small children, we always make a point to consider the app’s educational value. In the case of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD, the focus is not so much on educating youngins’ but rather on entertaining them—an area in which the app succeeds without fail. Everything about the app will delight your child, including the its many moveable parts and its excellent, classic story. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD also features in-app narration and music, meaning the app can keep your child occupied if you’re too busy to read.
My only complaint with Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD is its pricing scheme: The app is free, but ad-supported without a $1.99 in-app purchase. This is a great way to get a free app to users, but ads in a children’s book is far from desirable, meaning this is a two dollar app in the end. However, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD is certainly worth that price of entry. If you’re at all interested in the story the app is sporting don’t hesitate to give it a go with your child.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD iPad app requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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