Koto Go Silence: iPhone App Written Review
We wouldn’t lie to you: We’ve seen our fair of children’s applications for the iPhone and iPad here at the iPhone App Review. In fact, we’d be willing to bet next week’s paycheck we’ve seen more than just about anybody. Which is why we feel apps like Koto Go Silence, by developer Daniel Shneor, deserve a special shout-out: We’ve seen the patterns the genre lays out, and any app that bucks these to produce a genuinely engaging title for our kids on iOS is a friend in our book. For our full thoughts on this marvelously adorable children’s eBook for the iPhone and iPad, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Interactivity
Like most titles in the same milieu, Koto Go Silence serves as an intermediary between traditional page-flipping books and modern media. The app presents a story that can be flicked through page by page with a simple tap of a finger. The text itself rests in the center of some truly stellar artwork, and can be clicked at any point to produce a full, English reading. Once the narrator has finished, the app will even automatically flip the pages.
What sets the app apart, though, is its one-of-a-kind story, as well as its CG elements. The storyline concerns a young puppy that’s too afraid to sleep, and must don his samurai outfit to explore various spooky noises. Any parent knows this is a story worth telling, as it assuages some of your child’s fear of the dark. However, the storyline is often broken up with computer animated sequences showing the main character discovering the source of a noise. We absolutely adored the segments, and we have a feeling any child we know would love them too. They’re cute, engaging, and best of all, they teach a valuable lesson.
Design and Artwork
The design of Koto Go Silence itself is rather basic, offering only simple page turning via arrows placed at the bottom left and right. There’s also a chapters menu that will deliver you to any portion of the book at a tap. However, we don’t feel this simplicity is a mark against the title, but rather one for it. Ever your children can direct the action, making the elegance accessible and functional. The artwork itself is fantastic, as well—especially in the computer generated portions—though we might have liked to see even more interactivity. There are no baubles for our children to play with, nor elements to be poked or prodded: Something we very much like to see in these for-children eBooks.
Considering the typical hardcover book for children costs upwards of $15, obtaining Koto Go Silence for a low three dollars in the App Store is a bargain. The app is cute, incredibly simple to navigate, and endlessly fun. If you’re a fan of these books for children on the iPhone’s screen, Koto Go Silence is a brilliant new addition to your evening lineup.
Koto Go Silence requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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