Baa Baa Counting Sheep – iPhone Written App Review
We’re always on the lookout for great kids apps here at The iPhone App Review, and the latest storybook app with extras that we’ve seen is the new Baa Baa Counting Sheep iPhone app from iMagic. If you’re looking for a sheep-friendly story, this app will be right up your alley.
Baa Baa Counting Sheep could be called an eBook app. Except, it’s not organized in one smooth storybook, but broken up into 11 chapters. Each chapter is a page from the story with interactive on-screen items and an optional audio reading of the story on that page.
The chapters tell the story of Baa Baa the sheep, and her quest to get some sleep. Except, she needs friends to count and her search takes kids through a fun storyline with lots of colorful characters and neat screen features.
The story is pretty solid, and the chapter style is unique so that’s interesting. There aren’t really any of the extras we’re used to seeing in awesome eBook apps, like a record your own version or series of minigames. We have a few concerns about the app’s pricing structure, and some tips for navigating the app more easily. You’ll just have to read below the cut for all the skinny on this wild and crazy sheep.
Layout & Design:
The graphic design in the Baa Baa Counting Sheep app is solid, cartoon-style work. It’s bright, vibrant and, as we mentioned, every scene has some kind of interactive feature, something kids love.
At first we thought to navigate the app you had to go back to the chapters screen and choose one, however after a bit of testing it became clear that to move on to the next page you have to tap a left-pointing arrow in the lower left-hand corner. That’s pretty different from other storybook apps we’ve seen, and most Western style navigation, which is traditionally left to right, not the other way around like this app.
We also found the constant hint feature on chapters, even after we’ve seen them already, a little annoying and redundant. Where were the app options? There just aren’t any. This could definitely use some fleshing out.
And then, there’s the app pricing structure, which is pretty confusing. The app itself is free to download and that free download includes the first three pages of the story. To be fair, those three pages are nice, but your kid is going to be done with them in five or ten minutes. Then, to access the rest of the app, you have to make an in-app purchase of $1.99 to unlock the rest.
As usual, we’re big fans of upfront pricing in apps, and wish the devs would just list the Baa Baa Counting Sheep iPhone app for $1.99 if that’s what they want to make each time someone reads the story.
Otherwise, the app is cute enough, well made even if the app navigation style is not particularly in line with Western logic, and the story is fun. So if you’re on the hunt for a new eBook, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Baa Baa Counting Sheep iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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