The Scroll: iPhone App Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we see a lot of educational applications. We’re generally pretty excited about this (Education is a tremendous reason to get either an iPod or iPad in our book!) but we also tend to be pretty picky about what we enjoy. We’re constantly on the lookout for that iPad app that perfectly combines action, reading, education, and puzzling into one smooth package. And though the app may not be perfect, The Scroll by developer MSPublishing House, goes a long way toward meeting our expectations. We’re floored with the title’s functionality, and though the text and images need some work, it’s still a great time to jump on this bandwagon.
Concept and Functionality
Typically, apps for children and young adults on the iPad tend to come in two varieties: A more eBook oriented edition that focuses on reading, or a more game-based concoction. The Scroll, however, straddles the fence somewhere between these two concepts, offering an experience that’s simultaneously all about reading, but also includes an healthy amount of games. The story itself revolves around a pair of youngsters who must travel the world and complete various mini-games in order to locate a magical scroll. Obviously, this involves a lot of traditional page flipping and reading. The book portion of the title is even somewhere closer to a graphic novel, offering a wealth of graphics to take a peep at. However, the app is also studded with a variety of traditional puzzles and games. There’s everything from riddle solving to number arranging, a fresh mix that we greatly appreciated on the whole. All in all, The Scroll is loaded with a lot of content, and though this is only the first installment of a wider series, there’s still plenty of reading and puzzling to keep your kiddo entertained.
Design and Graphics
Sadly, we weren’t quite as entertained by the app’s graphics and layout as we were with its functionality. The app uses a scroll motif to encapsulate the entire adventure, and though we loved this design, as well as the pacing of the puzzles, the artwork and text leave a lot to be desired. The illustrations are somewhat lackluster with an amateurish glow, while the text is in need of a severe copy editing session. We wouldn’t mind so much, but as this is intended to be an educational resource, poor grammar is unacceptable.
All of that being said, though, the app is free in the App Store, still making it a tremendous value. If you’re looking for a fun night with your kids on the couch, The Scroll for the iPad is a tremendous way to do it, and with no charge up front, we can’t think of a reason not to give the app a test drive.
The Scroll 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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