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Entries in interactive (14)

Mika's Adventure - More Gorgeous iPad Interactivity

Mika's Adventure is the new interactive book/app from German multi-media company zuuka! under their actionboox brand. This is a beautifully illustrated story app that has some really nice interactive features to involve young readers such as hidden items that have to be uncovered by using the touchscreen, puzzles that uncover further parts of the story and challenges that engage the reader and help them to tell the story.

 The description sounds like just the thing to get young readers interested too:

“A dream is about to come true for Mika: For the first time in his life, he sets out to accompany his granny on one of her expeditions. On the day of their first joint exploration, the two have discovered a forest no one knew about to date. They anchor their airship– the Albatross – in the top branches of the highest trees and make their slow descent into the emerald green thick brush.”

Mika's Adventure is a bit pricey we think compared to other interactive books we have seen at $9.99 (£5.99) but it does look like a fun and immersive experience for younger readers (and the adults in their lives) and is available now in the app store

If you try this out we would like to know what you think, leave us a comment below.

War of the Worlds re-imagined

The classic H. G. Wells book War of the Worlds has been re-imagined as an interactive eBook and it looks really impressive.

We like to see this kind of innovation and creativity in publishing on the iPad and the mix of eBook with more interactive, almost gaming, elements make this a compelling app. We think it will definitely appeal to the target 'youth' audience who can get physically involved in the story through the iPad's touch interface, even starting the Martian invasion themselves as part of the interaction.

The key features (from the Press Release) include: 

  • 27 interactive, visually stunning pages integrated with text from the original 1898 publication
  • Intuitive design allows readers to touch-swipe the Martians Cylinders towards Earth and begin the invasion 
  • Features real-time motion graphics as readers gesture or tilt iPad through the Red Weeds
  • Touch interactive elements throughout the story that allow reader to act as Martian or Human
  • Aim the Tripod’s heat-ray to disintegrate fleeing people and artillery-men
  • Create ominous lightening storms, tap the crow to eat the dead Martian and throw the Canisters to emit the thick deadly, Black Smoke 

War of the Worlds is available now in the US app store (not available in the UK at the time of writing) for an 'Introductory' price of $3.99.

The Littlest Girl On The Big iPad Screen

Parents are getting a lot of help recently with teaching and literacy for their children using the iPad. Just yesterday we mentioned a fun and interactive app to help pre-school children learn their Alphabet and today we heard about the release of Thumbelina for the iPad.

This interactive children's book is from Parent-programmers Touchoo, who focus on producing beautiful book-apps for Toddlers and pre-school children. We have to say the illustrations by artist and illustrator Hagit Hashimshoni are really appealing and simply gorgeous. More of her illustrations for this book are to be found in a Flickr group here.

Interactive Features

An interesting approach has been taken in some scenes, as you will see in the video above, where children are encouraged to interact with the Thumbelina story by physically moving the drawing and acting out the story. We thought this was a nice innovation and will help to engage the child's imagination by becoming actively involved with the story telling process.

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There are four ways to experience the story of Thumbelina with this app (taken from the iTunes description):

  1. Read to Me – listen to the story, narrated in English
  2. Read Myself – the most flexible story time experience
  3. Record myself – your voice, your language, and your way to tell the story!
  4. Auto page flip – Using any one of the narration options, pages will turn automatically. Best for little ones, when they’re reading alone.

Thumbelina for the iPad is on sale at 50% of its usual price until 31 August to celebrate the launch of the app, so you can pick it up now for £1.19 ($1.99) if you are quick.

If you try it, let us know what you and your little ones think of it, in the comments below.

The iPad - Even Babies Can Use It

Children and toddlers, even Babies, love the iPad and other touch screen devices. The touch interface is entirely natural to them because they use their sense of touch (and mostly taste with Babies) to explore the works from birth onwards.

It is no surprise then that a number of iPad apps are appearing that appeal to this natural exploration but also that are visually stimulating using the large screen of the iPad.

Interactive Alphabet for iPad is one such app recently released by Piieka Street. Using gorgeous visuals and soothing sounds to create a very comforting and relaxing learning environment for pre-school children (and Parents too).

Each letter of the alphabet has its own page which fills the iPad screen. The letter is also spoken in a nice soft voice with some bubbly background music, which can be changed.

 

Something Special

The most engaging feature for children though is the interactive element of each page. There are different ways of interacting with each letter. Some animations are triggered by touch with accompanying sounds, some offer a creative element, for example the letter Q (Quill) becomes a drawing page and the X (Xylophone) lets little ones create music.

It is a lovely way to use your iPad to occupy any young ones and help them learn their letters. Don't worry about them hogging your iPad, you can play with the app once they have gone to bed!

For its launch price of £1.79 ($2.99) up until 16th September, you can't go wrong and would probably be hard pushed to find anything in printed form that could match the fun and interactivity of this app at anywhere near that price point.

A very good preview of the app is provided in the video below, giving you an idea of the interactivity within the app.  

As always, let us know what you think, especially if you have the app yourself, in the comments below.

 

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