Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow Review
The sky is the limit in this interactive fairy tale
Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow is an app that attempts to breathe new life into the classic fairy tale, blurring the line between interactive book and game. The presentation is top-notch, with beautifully drawn animated characters and excellent narration using children’s voices. It’s utterly charming and our young reader was soon captivated.
Tapping the characters makes them speak a good variety of phrases, so it doesn’t get too repetitive. We were soon brushing and feeding the family cow, getting it ready for market, waiting for the little tune that indicates when it’s possible to advance to the next scene – although you can do so at any time via an arrow. This comes in handy for a few scenes – such as walking the cow to market – which, rather bizarrely, seem to go on forever.
It all seems like a standard interactive story until you climb the beanstalk and reach the giant’s castle. Here there are nine doors to unlock using coloured keys, each revealing a fun mini-game. These include lifting the dozing giant’s arms to take coins, lowering a bucket down a well, mixing a foul soup and piecing together a mirror using the device’s front camera to show your face. The order of games is different each time and can result in various endings, increasing the replay and entertainment value for kids.
Another polished Nosy Crow app that offers more involved gameplay than ever before.
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