The Dream, World Explorer: iPhone Written App Review
Parents and children alike expect a lot out of story book apps these days. And rightly so. Today I had the pleasure of reviewing The Dream, World Explorer, an eBook app designed to educate while it delights children with a lovely story and a wide variety of games. This is the first title in a series of World Explorer apps from Swipea apps, created by Chong Siang Kai, dedicated to educating today’s children about cultures from around the world, promoting tolerance and other educational lessons through immersion.
As an eBook, The Dream definitely meets expectations. Not only are the graphics sharp (more about that after the cut) but the story is delightful. Many of the pages house extras, whether they be interactive graphics or informative word and image sections. The Dream shines because while it tells a sweet story about believing in dreams, it also imparts interesting, vivid facts about Middle Eastern culture and life, from the translations of words to the history and social significance of things. The result is a beautiful mix of education and fun.
And then there are the app’s plentiful games and activities. Tucked into a colorful “Happy Bazzar” these kid-friendly activities touch on a wide variety of fun, from learning about Arabian musical instruments to coloring and completing puzzles. There are also three games you can take and play off your iDevice, as long as you like, follow or rate the app. That’s not a particularly kid-friendly feature to tuck into an app, so that put me off a bit despite the high quality of the extras.
Layout & Design:
Sharp, cartoon-style graphics and simple animation propel The Dream. There’s nothing overly complex about the work. It is in a style that children will be readily familiar with and is tastefully done.
Navigating the app is relatively easy. There’s a clearly labeled “read to me” option that kids can pick if they want to have the story read to them. The option of reading it to themselves is slightly less apparent, but can be done by choosing “fact find” mode on the app’s main page. Then the story will only feature voice overs if children discover unlockable facts throughout the story. Also, I found myself wishing the bazzar had a back button in case kids accidentally navigate past their favorite activity for easy access.
Other than those few changes, The Dream is quite easy to use and enjoy for kids of all ages.
While the story is simple, the facts and cultural education hidden in The Dream iPhone app give it a prolonged shelf life. This eBook app is far from dull, and priced quite well at $2.99. There is also a free version of the app located here The Dream, World Explorer Free That’s not going to break the bank, and it’s less than you would commonly spend on a regular book for a child. I think parents interested in enriching their children’s lives simply must add The Dream to their app libraries.
The Dream, World Explorer 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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