There are a lot of apps on the App Store and a great number of books on the iBook store, but I always find that though they’re only books they never seem to take much advantage of the features that iOS devices have. What I mean by this is that fancy page turning and sepia toned pages are about as far as they go in terms of making it interactive!
Being a person that likes to find small gems in the App Store, I found that Oliver Twist was actually worthy of being on my list of innovative apps. It’s best described as a modern twist on an old story, well, that’s what I think of it being anyway! Essentially it’s an eBook with animated features, extra information and fun sound effects.
Though it’s designed for children between 3 – 10, secretly I found it really quite enjoyable! I can imagine children in the specific age range would get more pleasure out of it though! It does have a number of Achievements too, though I’m not entirely sure they’re integrated with Game Centre just yet, they’re simple enough to complete, and would give children an incentive to complete them all. For example, Read all the Dickens Quotes and Read all the History texts.
What I did enjoy however was the ability to switch between Secret Attics’ take on the story, and the original Dickens version! Great touch for those that want to read it from the original perspective. The artwork is really fitting of the story, and if you look close enough you’ll realise that it’s actually made entirely of 3D models, part of me wanted to pinch and zoom into areas that aren’t displayed! Who knows, maybe that’s coming in version 2.0!
Finally, one thing I believe in when trying things out is that if you make a sound whilst playing
something you know that the game (or in this case, app) is good! I have started whistling some of the sounds having played the game as well, that’s a bit of a secret though – please don’t tell anyone!
Coming from a start up company, you can see they’ve really pulled out all the stops to try and make something worthy of peoples’ time. There are a few things that could do with a bit of polish, but honestly, you can’t notice them unless you’re an Apple design nut!
I’d highly suggest you check this out, even if you’re a 23 going on 9 year old like me!