Lazy Larry Lizard: Written iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review we are always going on and on about how the iPhone and iPad are changing the ways in which we go about our daily lives. Well, nowhere is this concept more apparent than within the genre of children’s literature for iOS. Today we have a sparkling example of this phenomenon, thanks to Lazy Larry Lizard by developer Wasabi Productions. The app comes loaded with all of the things we love most in an app for children: Gorgeous artwork, simple controls, parental input, and a beautiful story. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind Lazy Larry Lizard looks something like this: The app has rather fully dedicated itself to the concept of being a children’s book presented on the iPad. This means that it’s gone a long way toward ironing out the kinks in this transition, and is really a fantastic example of what can be done.
Children are presented with the story of one particularly lazy lizard. As he goes about his day in the desert, children must interact with the story to progress it. Furthermore, everything in the interface has been child-proofed. This means that nowhere will your child accidentally buy something via in-app purchase, nor mess up the order of things. They can happily and freely poke, prod or tap anything they well please. The developers have also added in word-by-word text highlighting in order to encourage your child’s literacy. All in all, it’s a tight bundle made tighter by recent updates, and the end result is truly a thing of genre beauty.
Design and Graphics
However, when talking about an app for children, we can hardly get by without dwelling on the art and artwork. Of course, Lazy Larry Lizard passes with flying colors. The animations here are smooth and engaging, as are the character drawings and backgrounds. The hand-drawn art is simply gorgeous, and is first rate across the board. Furthermore, we had no problems interacting with the interface: A child won’t be nearly as thorough trying to find holes and gaps in the code as we were, but we find it highly unlikely they’ll discover any.
Let’s face it: Lazy Larry Lizard is currently free in the App Store, which makes it unbelievably good for the dollar. If you’re in need of a solid, well-presented and genre-changing eBook for your kids on your iPad, there is no other app we’d more highly recommend than Lazy Larry Lizard. Go ahead and give it a go tonight, and we promise your little ones will be swept off their feet and out into the desert!
Lazy Larry Lizard requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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