Irish company Ideal Binary’s background is in console games, but their focus nowadays is on using their skills to make fun, interactive book-apps for iPhone and iPad. The latest in their series of apps based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales is Hansel and Gretel.
For 39 pages, it’s a digital book, albeit a beautifully presented one. However, 11 double-pages open up to reveal pop-up scenes with characters to tap on and quick mini-games based on the storyline. Swiping and tilting lets you take a look at these 3D scenes from different angles, too.
Your child can choose to be read the story, with good voice narration, or read it themselves. But really the phrase should be ‘play it themselves’, because there’s lots to do as well as read. The music is also noteworthy: it sets the mood perfectly.
Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel costs £2.99 and is a universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. And if you like it, you may want to check out Ideal Binary’s previous apps based on Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin.