The Traditional Storyteller: iPhone App Video Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to review quite a lot of applications for children. Not that we’re complaining: The genre is a perfect example of how iOS applications can impact and enhance our lives, even from the very beginning. However, most of these titles tend to be either eBooks or Mini-Game collections. In comparison, The Traditional Story Teller – The Giant Turnip by developer Day Two Productions presents a new way to tell your child a story: It literally tells it. The app is the perfect way to explore the classic Russian folk tale of the farmer and the giant turnip. Better yet, it also comes with a full bevy of fun games to keep your child entertained. So without further ado, jump on down below the break to see our whole thought on this excellent app.
Concept and Functionality
First and foremost, The Traditional Story Teller acts as a vessel through which your children can experience the classic tale of the farmer and the giant turnip. The Russian classic is told directly to your child via one of the UK’s leading storytelling laureates. The narrator deftly tells the tale through a recorded performance to your child in a way that’s wholly engaging without the need for complicated or brain-numbing mini-games. The tale also comes with a few choice illustrations to keep the child engaged: Though with the quality of the storytelling, we don’t think it likely your child will be looking away much! All in all, it’s a masterful way to bring ye olden storytelling to your child.
However, there are a few games to speak of. These ask the child to either order the story in the correct way, or in fact, retell it themselves. This is a masterful stroke, and a brilliant step toward reinforcing story recognition.
Design and Graphics
As the app is mostly wound around the video performance, there’s really not much to be wary about in terms of design. That being said, the menus are spot-on, as are the typically tile-based games. It’s simple and quick to record your child’s own rendition of the tale, and without much knowledge of computers, too. In other words, the interface is subdued, but not in a negative way. Your child will hardly notice it for all the fun they’ll be having.
Let’s face it: At nearly three quid, the app is slightly more expensive than we might like. That being said, you’ll easily get your money’s worth, and your child will be endlessly delighted by the tale. So, at the end of the day, the app is still a value, even with a dear price tag. If you’ve been looking for a fun, non-game oriented way to entertain your children from your iPhone, it has arrived with The Traditional Story Teller.
The Traditional Storyteller requires iOS 4.3 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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