APP NAME: March of the Dinosaurs
DEVELOPER(S): Touch Press
RELEASE DATE(S): September 29th, 2011
One of the most fascinating things is seeing the past brought to life, and that’s never more clear then seeing dinosaurs in action. The prehistoric dinosaur era captivates many as we see the skeletons come to life on many documentary series, especially on the National Geographic Channel. National Geographic has worked with Touch Press to create March of the Dinosaurs which is an interactive storybook following the story of a particular set of dinosaurs. The dinosaurs deal with the transition from 24 hour sunlight to continuous freezing nights 70 million years ago in the North Pole.
As soon as you launch the app, you know you have something special with the deluxe animated intro right out of a NatGeo special. You’re then presented with a 12 chapter story with 65 intricately illustrated pages. The story can be read to you or read ityourself, and it’s quite an intriguing tale of these particular dinosaurs. The story takes a considerable time to get through as compared to other storybook apps, and it’s an engaging read. On top of the story there is also a Meet The Dinosaurs section with 10 3D animated dinosaurs. You can rotate and zoom on the 3D models, or watch the animated clips to see the dinosaurs in action. There are also detailed pages describing the discovery of, behavior, and diet of the 10 included dinosaurs as well as a general overview.
March of the Dinosaurs ($7.99, iPad) is extremely well designed for the interface to get out of the way allowing you to focus on the story. It’s a great story to read, and every illustrated page looks beautiful on the iPad. While reading the story you can look at the dinosaurs on the page in more detail with the 3D models and animated clips. The story is an enjoyable read that is enhanced by all of the extras, though you can read it only so many times.
March of the Dinosaurs is a should buy for the price that is a thoroughly engaging story and app for your iPad.