Camp Myth: Written iPad App Review
To say that children will always be fascinated with mythical creatures is an understatement. Most of us were exposed to fantasy wonderlands at a very young age, and sometimes that fascination carries into adulthood. What’s better than being able to explore new things with your child from the comfort of a great book on your iPad or iPhone?
Camp Myth, developed by Chris Lewis Carter, is a brand-new interactive novel that’s based on the Camp Myth book series. This definitely isn’t your average book, though, which is what makes it so incredibly special.
Concept and Functionality:
Imagine a summer camp designed for young mythological creatures instead of humans who are looking to experience the great outdoors for a few weeks or months. Knot tying and swimming lessons are totally out of the question at Camp Myth. Instead, you’ll learn how to raise hydras and track sneaky basilisks, just to name a few.
Camp Myth is unlike any other interactive visual novel I’ve seen. With gorgeous illustrations and an amazing storyline, this is one treat that shouldn’t be passed up. Instead of passively reading, children are fully immersed in the book. They’ll follow Felix the Fae, Argee the Cyclops, and Moxie the Kitsune as these young adventurers explore Camp Myth and learn all sorts of wonderful things about amazing creatures.
One of the things I love about Camp Myth is that the storyline is very flexible. Children even have the option to basically write their own story by occasionally choosing character responses. Combined with a great layout and text that’s easy to read, children will be hooked on this book faster than a dragon can ignite a campfire.
Along with a fantastic storyline and layout, Camp Myth has quite a few additional features which are unique to it. For example, chapters are actually released on a weekly basis, meaning children have something to look forward to after they complete a chapter. If you like, you can choose to unlock all chapters for only $0.99 instead of waiting for them to be available.
Also, children can earn merit badges in Camp Myth, just like actual summer camp. Future updates promise more merit badges, which is something I love to read because it means that the developer will continue to update and improve the book.
The only suggestion I have is that I wish there was some sort of way to have the book automatically scroll through dialog without having to tap the screen for the next bit of text. My reasoning behind this is that I found myself tapping the screen very frequently seeing as there’s usually only a sentence or two on the screen.
Camp Myth is available to download for free, with an option to unlock all content for only $0.99. Considering the amount of detail that has been put into Camp Myth and the fact that it’s universally compatible with both iPad and iPhone, I can’t recommend this app enough if you’re looking for fun new books for your child.
Camp Myth is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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