Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe
Taking interactive children’s storybooks into pole position
Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe is an interactive re-telling of the recently released animated film Cars 2. Here, users can read the book themselves, listen to it read to them by voice actors, or – and this is an especially neat feature – record themselves reading the book out loud and then save it for future playback.
Reading aids are also included, with text highlighted as the story progresses and pages automatically turning. The fluidity and timing of both of these features judged superbly for a children’s book, granting a little extra time to digest the content before the next page appears.
The interactive aspects of the book come in the flavour of paint, games and puzzle sections, with certain pages allowing the reader to click an icon and be taken to a sub-page based on events in the story. The paint sections involve some colouring in of a line-drawing of a notable scene from the story with a variety of paints.
You can also save their work to the iPad’s image gallery or email it to friends. We found the touch painting worked well, even if they don’t allow for much finesse. Two interactive games are also included at set points throughout the book, the first being a simple rhythm action game, the second being a physics/pinball cross affair where users can flick rings at targets with swipes of their finger.
Finally, the puzzle sections are a variety of virtual jigsaws based on scenes from the story. These are broken down into easy, medium and hard difficulties, with the number of jigsaw pieces escalating as the user progresses up the levels. Both games and puzzles are well designed, offering just the right amount of challenge for young users to compliment the story being told.
An excellent interactive storybook for children, packed with features.
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