This brand new iPad iPad and iPhone version of Jack and the Beanstalk has amazing graphics that look terrific on the iPad. The story of Jack is a classic one and the app doesn’t mess with the tale. Here’s what I liked about this app:
* The story’s default is set to read Jack aloud while the text on the screen is highlighted. After the reading the text disappears and you can see the picture all by itself. I liked this feature because you get the benefit of the words plus the illustrations at full screen. In the settings section (found on the main menu) you can tweak the narration and the text. You can also adjust the sound effects and music.
*Each page has different things to tap on and the app has some surprises mixed in. If you tap on the characters you’ll hear additional dialogue. Some pages have hidden games. We found a matching game when we tapped on the handful of beans. One page is like a sticker book another is in black and white and you swipe your finger across it to add in the color. My son loved that page because the colors really pop after you’ve gotten used to the black and white. Be sure and tap everywhere to look for a hidden chick on each page. When you find him he’ll pop up and dance. On the app’s main menu you can access a cheat sheet of sorts that tells you exactly what is hidden on each page.
I was really impressed with Jack and the Beanstalk Children’s Interactive Storybook. It takes full advantage of the iPad’s size and looks great. The addition of the hidden activities within the story make it a fun app that my son really enjoyed. I love what I’m seeing done with children’s books on the iPad.
*Update 4/19 – An iPhone/iPod Touch version of Jack and the Beanstalk has now been released.
Price when Reviewed: $3.99
Iphone/iPod Touch App here
Seller: Ayars Animation