The Penelope Rose HD, by Mobad Games (sold separately for iPhone, $1.99 and on the Mac App Store for $3.99) is part interactive book, part game, and sure to delight little pixies. It’s on sale right now at 50% off to celebrate the launch of their new app The Gwaii -3D Comic Book, which AppTudes will have for you soon, so grab your copy fast.
Mobad offers up something really special in this Peek ‘n Play kid-lit offering. The artwork is delightful and creates the illusion of depth. Tilting the device increases the illusion without the need for special glasses. It’s not quite movie quality 3D, but neither do the images lie lifeless on the page. This book pops and so will young eyes!
This contemporary fairy tale about how roses got their color is an original text written for Mobad CEO’s three year old daughter. The personal touches show.
On each of the 24 pages there are sumptuous illustrations, beautiful animations and sound effects – try playing the clear roses as instruments – and tons of cute surprises for readers to discover.
The Penelope Rose has all the features one expects in a good interactive children’s book. It can be read aloud by a pleasant sounding female narrator for younger children, or budding readers can try to read the kid-friendly text on their own. A tap on a word or a slide across a sentence will help if they get stuck.
The story itself is engaging, and there are tons of elements to explore. And, an ongoing game of “find the hidden pixies” is playable on each page too.
A lot of attention went into the interface. Each page has hints revealing how to interact with the features, and navigation is easy.
Take a peek inside the covers for yourself:
But, recent updates have much improved the performance and my first test was on an original iPad. On iPad 2 and with version 1.3 the experience is absolutely fluid.
The Penelope Rose is an ideal choice for something fresh to engage young children with digital reading. Every detail is tailored to create an immersive, delightful experience children will want to relive over and over.
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