Developer: OhNoo Studio
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
In terms of interactive story books, iPad and the App Store may be the best combination for building a comprehensive library with an array of titles and genres. Amelia and Terror of the Night is just one example of how a well-developed story can come to life and while not the most charming storyline ever, is still a truly intelligent delivery of interactive storytelling with an amazing amount of interaction. Amelia and Terror of the Night introduces readers to a curious and enigmatic little girl who lives in the Mushroom Clearing with her random animal friends. As the story progresses, it tells a slightly scary tale, but focuses on friendship, loyalty and bravery.
Amelia and Terror of the Night is superbly animated, with an immersive feel enhanced by tilt viewing, interactive objects and hidden animations. The characters are interesting, including the Cheshire cat-like teddy bear, and they support Amelia’s position as the antagonist of the story bent on saving the soul of her tortoise friend. Together, they take readers along on an adventure with so many interactive aspects, including mini-games, that it easily gains rapt attention by readers of all ages.
There are multiple interactive objects and hidden animations throughout each page of Amelia and Terror of the Night. So many, that it kind of sets the bar for what an interactive storybook should be. Most pages have three hidden stars, attainable only by exploring all the elements of the page. Some are tricky to locate, but finding all 60 of them unlocks bonus pages. There are also four mini-games including tic-tac-toe and a simon says game with a chorus of singing frogs.
The animation, interaction, sound and performance of Amelia and Terror of the Night are superb. The story itself is a little dark for a children’s book, considering there is something scary that comes out at night to steal other’s souls, but ultimately, the story redeems itself by the end. With over 300 animations and interactions, multiple character dialogues, and 30 minutes of soundtrack, Amelia and Terror of the Night has quite a bit of depth and the quest for stars increases its value by providing an incentive to reread/play.
During the current holiday sale, Amelia and Terror of the Night is reduced in price from $4.99 to $2.99. Though it displays best on iPad, as a universal app buying it once will allow users to run it on all their iDevices. There is also a free version, but it is merely a taste and provides only a small part of the story. Whether read on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini or iPad, Amelia and Terror of the Night is an engaging storybook full of surprises and well worth the interactive read.