Hansel and Gretel: iPhone App Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to see one heck of a lot of children’s books for the iPad. We’re not complaining about this: However, we are pointing out that we’re now perhaps the industry’s best experts on the subjects. As such, we’d like to introduce you today to an app that is, without a doubt, the single greatest storybook rendition made for the iPad ever. It’s called Hansel and Gretel (Epic Tales) and no, we are not kidding. This eBook is a monument to what can be accomplished within the realm of iPad design, and if your curious to learn a bit more, you need only to slide on down below the break. Starting with:
Concept and Functionality
If you hand’t guessed already, Hansel and Gretel is very much a sort of standard eBook made for the iPad. You’ll be able to flick your way through 23 chapters of the classic Brothers Grimm tale, enjoying the story in all its classic glory and then some. However, it’s the unique blend of all the other elements afforded to us by the iPad’s screen real estate that makes the app a work of sheer genius.
You see, Hansel and Gretel doesn’t just offer pages of content, but rather a fully engaging experience. There’s incredibly good voice acting for each and every chapter, as well as Disney quality animations. The artwork alone is on the same caliber as any animated film you’ve seen recently, and perhaps a bit more in some places. You’ll also get fully animated trailer sequences for key plot points, and in addition to interactive elements hidden within the pages. We could go on for ages, but we’ll sum it up this way: This version of Hansel and Gretel is a fully immersive, wonderfully engaging romp of a tale, complete with just the right amount of multimedia, professionalism and upstanding quality. On that note—
Design and Interface
This is typically where we might rail on an app for not giving us a good enough way to flip the pages. However, we’re not going to do that here. Instead, we’re simply going to say this: We have never seen an eBook for children with better animations, smoother drawings, or as good of voice acting. Everything about the app’s design and implementation has been given a world of care, and the end result is an app that is truly a work of art. Enough said.
We also might ordinarily balk at a five dollar price tag, but for the amount of effort that went into Hansel and Gretel, we’re surprised it isn’t more. With that in mind, if you’re in the habit of reading to your children from the iPad, you absolutely need to get this title now. It is by and far the best we have ever seen, and for the price of a single latte, you can enjoy its benefits over, and over again.
Hansel and Gretel 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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