Tricky Stories: Magic Castle
iPad Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Of all the children’s apps I’ve reviewed here at The iPhone App Review, I have to admit that reviewing an interactive sticker app was a first for me. After all, when I think of stickers, I look at the back windows of my car and weep a little.
Therefore, you can imagine how excited I was to find an app that keeps kids entertained while saving the headaches and messes that are usually associated with this entertaining activity.
Tricky Stories: Magic Castle, developed by TrickyEyes, is an exciting interactive sticker book for youngsters. Parents can rejoice knowing that they no longer have to fear sticker barrages from creative kids.
Concept and Functionality:
Tricky Stories: Magic Castle is a blessing in disguise for parents of sticker-happy children. One of the first things I noticed about this incredibly creative and useful app was graphics and how pleasant everything looked in the app. From the open-ended forest area to the simple, yet charming castle, Tricky Stories: Magic Castle is a pleasure to look at. Plus, the sound effects in the forest are sure to be a hit with kids.
The whole point of Tricky Stories: Magic Castle is to encourage children to use their imagination to create their own world. The forest, though pretty basic, lets kids interact with the virtual world by picking up animals and shaking fruit from trees. This particular app really focuses on getting kids hooked on the little things like birds in a tree or sleeping bears.
The actual sticker part of Tricky Stories: Magic Castle is fun, too! Kids can only place stickers in the castle area, and there’s a great variety of stickers to use. One thing I want to mention, though, is that it’s somewhat difficult to navigate to the castle. Kids have to drag their finger across the screen a few times in order to travel through the forest to the castle. While this isn’t difficult, it might be fairly confusing for younger users.
Tricky Stories: Magic Castle has quite a few cool features to offer, including a built-in camera that allows kids to take a screenshot of their forest or castle. To use it, simply press on the camera icon at the top of the screen and wait for the camera to appear at the bottom of the screen. Pressing on the camera takes a snapshot.
Photos are saved to your iDevice’s camera roll. Parents might need to show their child how to use the camera at first, but it’s pretty simple to use once you know how it functions.
Also, Tricky Stories: Magic Castle includes a “For Parents” section on the main screen of the app, but it only includes information such as how to use the app and how to contact the developers. While this is pretty typical for apps like this, I was confused as to why Tricky Stories: Magic Castle required parents to unlock the section using security measures like “Swipe two fingers to the right.” However, this is simply a personal nitpick and not something that counts against the app itself.
Tricky Stories: Magic Castle can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99 and it’s universally compatible with both iPad and iPhone.
Considering the quality of the app and how open-ended it is, I definitely recommend it for parents who cringe at the sight of physical stickers and are looking for an excellent app to keep kids entertained without the mess.
Tricky Stories: Magic Castle requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 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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