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Review: ‘Cinderella’ Storybook App by Nosy Crow

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Nosy Crow Takes on Another Fairy Tale Classic
Review: ‘Cinderella’ Storybook App by Nosy Crow

Nosy Crow's Cinderella storybook app for iOS devices.

Image © Nosy Crow

Following the release of its stellar “Three Little Pigs” story app, Nosy Crow has picked yet another classic fairy tail to tackle for the iPad and other iOS devices: good, old Cinderella.

The first app proved to be an excellent effort, thanks to great presentation coupled with funny writing. So did Nosy Crow catch lightning in a bottle yet again with Cinderella? Read on further to find out if their latest storybook made the cut.

PROS

Presentation remains excellent: If you liked Nosy Crow’s Three Little Pigs storybook app, you’ll be happy to know that Cinderella retains the same production values that made the Three Little Pigs delightful. The art style is the same as the Three Little Pigs, evoking a classic storybook look. Narration is handled by the same voice actor, who also does double duty by acting out the voices for all characters. That might sound weird for folks who want different actors for each character, but when you think about how storybook reading is typically done by, say, one parent who does all the voices, then the approach starts to make sense. Each page also has interactive elements to further capture the attention of little ones. There’s also a ribbon icon that makes it easier to jump to other scenes in the storybook

Improved interactivity: Cinderella takes the interactive elements from Three Little Pigs and kicks it up another notch. Like Nosy Crow’s earlier effort, you can tap on or swipe the characters on each page to make them talk or move. You also can tap certain objects like lights to make them flicker. But Cinderella also throws in more interactive activities, like helping Cinderella clean up the kitchen or assist her stepsisters in dressing up for the ball. You can also help in the creation of Cinderella’s ride by collecting three mice, a large pumpkin and other materials that her fairy godmother requires. Letting readers place the glass slipper on Cinderella is a nice touch as well. The extra level of interactivity makes this app more interesting for older kids, who likely would get easily bored with a basic electronic storybook.

Comic touches: Funny writing was a hallmark of the Three Little Pigs app and Cinderella is no exception. Kids are going to get a kick out of the funny commentary by the characters, whether it be the king saying “I don’t know half of these people” while writing up invitations or the chubby evil stepsister saying that Cinderella’s too fat for her foot to fit the shoe. The comical stylings extend to some of the character designs, such as the prince’s unprincely ping pong paddleball or the fairy godmother’s wired high-tech wand.

CONS

Wonky interactive element placement: Occasionally, Cinderella will have some interactive elements placed in strange areas. These include having some elements placed near the back or forward arrows or close to characters. This makes it easy to press the wrong element by mistake, although it doesn’t happen frequently.

Prince and Cinderella interaction: Although the story is well presented overall, the meeting between the prince and Cinderella didn’t feel quite as dramatic or well fleshed out as I expected. It basically made the reason they fall in love with each other feel a bit trivial, although I do like how they emphasized good character as opposed to just looks.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

After a great effort with Three Little Pigs, Nosy Crow pulls off yet another excellent storybook with Cinderella. Great production values combined with funny writing and well-designed interactive elements make Cinderella another worthy addition to Nosy Crow’s storybook stable. There are a few hiccups. But overall, this is a well-done storybook that both parents and kids should enjoy.

DETAILS
  • Cost: $7.99
  • Compatible with: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad
  • Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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