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Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Castle

Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Castle
  • #: 188758
  • Price: $2.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2011-04-08
  • Current Version: 2.03
  • 2.03 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 57.40 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: HIT Entertainment
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © Copyright ScrollMotion 2010
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Description

Little Engineers can Read, Play, Listen and Record with their favorite blue engine!

In this story inspired app, Thomas starts to figure out that mysterious happenings usually have reasonable explanations.

Features:

Record Your Own Audio: Record your own voice reading the book and create a digital legacy for a child or grandchild. Save up to 4 custom recordings on the iPad and 2 on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Easy interface makes the recording process a snap perfect for kids and grownups. Have each family member record their own.

Page Flow: Move along each illustration in tandem with the story, transforming big stories for small screens.

Visual Table of Contents: Jump easily to your favorite parts of the story, or resume reading where you left off.

Auto Play: Choose to watch the story unfold on auto-play, or choose to turn pages yourself with a simple swipe.

Playroom: Coloring activity lets you choose a Thomas & Friends picture to color and save to your photo gallery.

Store: Find other Thomas & Friends apps through the in-app store page.

About HIT Entertainment

HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations.  HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.  HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.

About Iceberg Kids

Iceberg Kids revolutionizes the children’s book experience, bringing the magic and wonder of reading to an exciting new digital space. The perfect answer to bedtime, long car rides, or learning to read.

About ScrollMotion

ScrollMotion, creator of Iceberg, is a content technology company based in downtown New York City. ScrollMotion is reshaping how people experience digital information and entertainment and helping many of the greatest names in traditional media tap the vast potential of the mobile space.  For more information, visit www.scrollmotion.com.

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3/5 stars

A decent transfer to digital media, but it needs polishing to justify the cost.

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The good:
- very nicely narrated by someone with a good range of character voices.
- pictures are very nice and the choices to pan and zoom on elements of the pictures are well done and add interest.
- has a VERY unique feature that allows you to record your own voice as the story teller, making this a wonderful app for children who's parents can't be there to read to them (think extended and repeated overseas deployments...)

The "could be better":
- pictures from the book were scanned at a fairly low resolution given the degree to which portions are zoomed in upon, causing a noticeable jagged effect when viewing on the larger iPad screen. Still, my two-year-old hasn't complained to me about it yet. Even so, detailed pictures deserve a more detailed digitized image, especially given the choice to zoom in on portions of the original image when telling the story.
- accessing the coloring pages requires un-necessary button clicks to confirm a page selection.
- there is no word highlighting in the text of the story as the narrator is reading it, those who are expecting an experience to help develop young reading skills similar to titles produced by Oceanhouse Media will be disappointed.
- the pictures have NO interactive elements other than page turning. Again, people used to Oceanhouse Media offerings or even the more recently released "Misty Island Rescue" will be very disappointed in comparison.
- puzzles are a nice addition to the playroom, but the pieces are crowded around the edges, and not neatly laid out as they are with Misty Island Rescue; there is no way to disable the background image which is used as a guide (even in "hard" mode); and there is no payoff for completing the puzzle except some canned applause.

The Ugly:
- the coloring pages are a nice idea, but the line drawing algorithm used to make the lines is STILL just awful! Spikes of color appear seemingly at random as you are coloring and responsiveness is, well, unresponsive.

The value:
This is probably more appropriately priced at 1.99 per title. Although the voice recording is a very nice feature, the overall lack of interactivity is sure to disappoint especially compared to comparatively priced titles from other publishers. Also, the image quality is not up to the same standard of other publishers due to a lower resolution transfer to digital. The coloring pages are a very nice idea, but very poorly executed.

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