This week has been rather dominated by the Apple announcement of the new iPad, and I’ve already written about my initial reaction to that. As far as apps are concerned I’ve managed to grab quite a few new ones this week thanks to some very generous developers who have offered their apps free for a limited time. I do try to share as many of these offers as I can on my Facebook page, so please make sure you “Like” that using the handy button in my sidebar, and you’ll never miss out again!
All that said, this week in the geek family has been rather dominated by one name, and that name is Disney…
I mentioned in my app round up a couple of weeks ago that we’d discovered Where’s My Water? – Disney (Universal – 69p) and it had proved very addictive, not just to the geekdaddy and me, but also to a friend we had staying for the weekend, and also, surprisingly, to the geekdaughter as well. Since then we have carried on playing, and I’ve managed to addict several other friends by mentioning it on Twitter and Facebook. What has surprised me with this app is how much the geekdaughter loves it – I first thought it would be too complex for a four-year-old, but she’s really taken to it and has got the hang of the way it all works. It’s lovely to see her problem solving skills developing, even though she still brings the iPad to us to help her with the harder levels. The other thing I love about this app is that it is an inclusive, collaborative app. The geekdaughter loves to sit with us and work together to solve each level, probably more than she enjoys playing on her own.
Staying with the Disney theme, their latest interactive storybook was released this week – Tangled: Storybook Deluxe – Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications (Universal – £4.99). This follows the format of other Disney storybook apps – you can read the story yourself or have it read to you, there are six jigsaws, six scenes to colour and a colour matching floating lanterns game. I do think the Disney storybook apps are on the expensive side compared to other similar apps, but they are very high quality, and the geekdaughter really loves having her favourite Disney stories on the iPad. Tangled is probably the geekdaughter’s all-time favourite Disney film, so she was delighted to finally have it in storybook form. The only thing I’m not convinced by with this app is the “floating lanterns” mini-game. the geekdaughter struggled to grasp the content, and it’s just not as fun as some of the other mini-games Disney have produced in other storybooks.
If you want to get a feel for what the Disney storybook apps are like I recommend you download Toy Story Read-Along – Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications (iPad only – free). The others are of comparable quality and contain a sinilar kind of content.
Another favourite Disney app in this house is Pooh’s Birthday Surprise – Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications (Universal – £2.99) which the geekson has recently discovered. He’s still a little young for it, but still seems to find a lot of enjoyment in it, as you can see in my video this week, which shows one scene in the app making him giggle like a loon!
If you can’t see the video above you can watch it directly on the web here.
Another app that the geekdaughter has been enjoying this week is Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure – zinc Roe (iPad only – £1.99). This is one of the apps that I managed to pick up whilst it was free, and it is a rather charming interactive storybook which alternates an animated scene from the story with some interactive activity. Unlike many other storybook apps, this one does not display the words of the story on the screen, so it’s more like watching a cartoon than reading a book. It’s produced by a Canadian developer, and has both English and French language options.
As for me, well this week has seen some exciting new apps for me. I found out about Order & Chaos© Online – Gameloft (Universal – 4.99 plus monthly subscription) – the first MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game) that I’ve seen for iOS, and although I’ve only played it briefly I’m very impressed. It looks and feels very much like World of Warcraft, and so far I’m really enjoying it.
I was also delighted this week to discover that finally Zuma’s Revenge! HD – PopCap (Universal – £2.99) has made it onto iOS. I am a big fan of PopCap games, and Zuma is probably the first of their games I ever bought for my PC. It’s great to see it finally make it onto the iPhone and iPad, and I must say it plays extremely nicely.
That’s it for this week. Check back next week for more app reviews, and remember to “Like” me on Facebook for announcements of when I have found out about free apps.
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