Apparently my four year-old played LittleBigPlanet for the first time at a friend’s house last week. I’m not sure what he made of it, although I’m not-so sneakily proud if he managed to work a PlayStation 3 joypad…
Anyway, the sackboy characters have always been a big part of LittleBigPlanet’s appeal, and there’s a similar quality to Little Red Riding Hood by The Bean Bag Kids. It’s a new Universal app for iPhone and iPad by developer Mundomono, which has already picked up its fair share of critical acclaim.
The story is the familiar fairy tale, but with little bean bag characters playing all the key roles. The app is free to download and try, but you pay 69p via in-app payment to unlock the full story, including scenes and puzzles.
The idea is to tap on the characters as they act out the story, backed by what the developer says is a proper 3D game engine: something we’ve seen in several book-apps this year, as games companies turn their attention to kids’ entertainment on iPhone and iPad. The app has English and Spanish language modes, and its own theme song.
As a parent, what I’m looking for from apps in 2011 is a bit of craft, character and attention to detail. The Bean Bag Kids look to have all three in spades, so I’m looking forward to seeing future titles in the series.