Liberto and the Monster
iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Here at the iPhone App Review, we’ve had more than enough chances to experience children’s applications on both the iPhone and the iPad. We mention this not to brag, but rather to point out that we’ve seen the ruddy lot of them. Some have been good, some of been . . . well, not quite that. However, today’s entry, Liberto and the Monster, from think&tap, demonstrates the best aspects of any entry into the genre. It has a touching story, lovingly crafted art, and a focus on what matters—entertaining and educating your children. If your interest has been piqued, just slide on down below the break to view our whole review!
Concept and Functionality
When it comes to children’s applications, most tend to run with one of two variants. Either they’re a collection of educational mini-games, or they present a more traditional eBook narrative. However, Liberto and the Monster takes a different approach, combining both into one package.
The narrative of the app focuses on a series of mysterious noises emerging from the dungeon. These noises are terrifying the (quite cute) locals, which means Liberto the elf must help to get to the bottom of the matter. Along the way, your children will be able to have the story read to them (reinforcing early language development in younger users) or read it themselves at their own base—the educational value of which is immediately apparent.
However, the buck doesn’t stop there. The thing we appreciated most about Liberto and the Monster is how it uses the iPad’s interactive nature. The children are free to tap and prod the landscape to receive feedback. They are also presented with a few mini-games along the way to hold their interest. And with more interactivity than most, you can rest assured that attention will be held. All in all, it’s a stunning package, and one of the best we’ve seen on the iPad.
Design and Artwork
Artwork is always crucial to a good children’s application. Thankfully, Liberto and the Monster delivers on all fronts. It features simple (perhaps crude, though we may not label it that way) landscapes studded with 3D modeled figures.
When prodded, these characters will react to your child’s touch. Overall, it creates a lovely feel for the world at hand, and the animations included here really are quite stunning.
Our only complaint, in fact, is that we seem to find a lot of the same areas within the app. We aren’t saying the developers have lazily reused the same plots, but rather that we’re unsure if a child may be as enthralled after several reads, thanks to the repetitive nature of the layout.
None of that is to say, however, that Liberto and the Monster is bad—quite the opposite, in fact! It’s obvious that the app’s developers care a great deal about the quality they present to your children, and the end result displays that.
For the three dollars it will cost you, you’ll certainly get a lot of value from Liberto and the Monster, both educational and entertaining. At the end of the day, the app is an easy recommendation to any parent in need.
Liberto and the Monster is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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