Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales Animated Story Book captures the imagination in every way possible and is a true feast for the senses. This version of the well loved fable features stunning artwork, professional narration, original music, and 100 plus interactive opportunities. This Hansel and Gretel storybook also comes with 3 different modes to engage you and your child as you read and explore your way around in this book. In the Read By Myself section, there’s the option to read along with the text, which is provided in a teleprompter style near the bottom of the page. There is the option to have the story read by a narrator in the Read To Me section but there is no text provided, which creates more of an interactive movie-watching experience. And then there is the Play Around section which offers a free-type exploration where your child can just enjoy the massive interactive opportunities present on every page.
I remember reading and enjoying the classic Hansel and Gretel storybook as a child, but with the interactive, technological adaption done by Epic Tales, I’d have to say that this modern version is much more enjoyable. This tale is presented in a whimsical fashion with macabre humor sprinkled throughout, which is apparent, especially in one of the Dark Forest scenes where everything looks hungry. I love the narrator’s professional and funny delivery of the storyline, as well as the personality he gives to the characters. This aspect mixed with the amazing attention to detail in the beautiful artwork, amusing interactions, and the perfectly suited music is what kept me glued to the book and wanting to turn page after page to see what other mythical creatures or surprises were in store for me. And I couldn’t stop looking for that quirky little gnome to appear on the upcoming pages.
The navigation/information part of the app is pretty plentiful in the form of useful text and icons. I liked the scrolling chapter index feature that can be found at the bottom of the page, but discovered that this feature transitioned much smoother by proceeding through the “Book” icon instead. I suspect that the magical gnome dust button (gold button with red stars) will quickly become a favorite among kids because it’s a really fun way to activate all the page interactions.
As wonderful as I found this book to be in almost every aspect, there are a few minor additions that would make this application absolutely stellar. I’m a big proponent of a “Pause/Stop” button to freeze a story at any point during the narration. Also, in the Read By Myself area, I think an option for a slower text pace, as well as highlighted words as children read along would be very beneficial. A slower pace would be more encouraging to less fluent readers or emerging readers. But other than these tiny points, this is a fabulous interactive adaption to the classic Hansel and Gretel story and a true feast for all your senses.
Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales Animated Story Book iPad App Details
Title: Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales Animated Story Book
Size: 323.3 MB
Developer: Epic Tales
Store: iTunes App Store
Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales Animated Story Book iPad App Download Link
Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales Animated Story Book iPad App Developers Description
*** produced by international award winning animation studio Anikey***
** winners of the Wiz art-Grandprix, Anamundi, Hermina Tyrlova Award**
” Epic Tales” allows you to not only enjoy enchanting tales, but to experience their magical worlds more closely than ever before.”
Epic Tales, the interactive storyteller has chosen to bring off their version of one of the Brothers Grimm’s most celebrated fairy tales. Hansel and Gretel is the first tale in a series of animated storybooks as told by the likeable dwarf and storyteller Silvertongue and is available on the Appstore for iPad and iPhone.
Hansel and Gretel- Epic Tales animated storybook offers a world filled with whimsical characters ranging from pesky gnomes to witty dwarfs; from brave children to mean stepmothers and cunning witches. The tale is digitally hand-drawn by award winning animators and features stunning 2d animations and cut scenes, professional voice actors, original music scores, and spellbinding interactive environments that are sure to draw readers even deeper into the story.
•Classical tale, original adaption
•Produced and animated by award winning animation studio
•Professional storytelling and voice acting
•23 chapters filled with beautiful hand drawn environments
•Over a 100 interactive and dynamic surprises
•Cinematic cut scenes
•Original music score and sound effects
•Options : Read to me, Read by myself or Play around
*Disclosure* Hansel and Gretel – Epic Tales Animated Story Book is a paid sponsor. However, we will not review nor demonstrate any app that does not meet a benchmark of at least 3 CrazyMikesapps’ stars, based on our CrazyMikesapps Rating System.