“He’s the Unicycle Champion of the 3rd Northern District, the world record holder for “ice cream sandwiches eaten in one sitting,” the reigning champion of continuous nunchucking and once won a bronze medal for simultaneous stomach rubbing and head patting. Meet KUNG FU ROBOT.”
It’s marvellous: an “interactive comic book, designed to engage young readers” that’s initially available as a free download with three chapters – and more chapters to come that you’ll presumably pay for.
The comic-book bits see you swiping down the screen to read the story. That story being ‘Peanut Butter, Jelly & Kung Fu Sandwich’, which “blends a robot’s love of kung fu, his conscientious sidekick’s fear of getting in trouble, android ninjas, a crazy rooster bent on world domination and the pursuit for the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich into an engaging adventure for children of all ages”.
(Like we said: marvellous)
The soundtrack is excellent, and there’s a whack-a-ninja mini-game and a soundboard of kung-fu sound effects to play with too. We think kids aged eight-ish and upwards will love it. Actually, adults aged any-age-and-upwards will love it too.
Kung Fu Robot is a free download from the App Store, for iPad only. We’re already looking forward to the next story – “The Evil Kung Pow Chicken: Terror has a ‘Fowl’ new name…” – and not just because we can’t resist a good poultry pun…
Here’s our video of the app in action: