Numberlys – Interactive Animated Book App From A-Z

3.5 Overall Score
Usability: 3.5/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3/5

Spectacular design | Outstanding overall experience | Mixes animation, story, & interaction

Relatively short for price | A bit video heavy | A few interface oddities

When Moonbot Studios releases a new app you take notice, simply because of the people involved, and their previous app, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Numberlys is their next effort, and it’s an interactive movie storybook about the Alphabet. The story is set in a world of only numbers, until one day when five members step-up, and create the alphabet. The app has a wonderful design, as you would expect, and the origins of the design come from early movies including Metropolis, King Kong, and Flash Gordon.

Coming into the app, you have an expectation that it will look amazing on your iOS device, and you won’t be disappointed. The most important aspect to ascertain is if this app follows along the same line as Flying Books in the sense of creating an immersive experience. Numberlys definitely does, but in a whole new way as it blends animated short story, story book, and interactive app all in one. The intro is quite an intricate animation, but once the scene is set, you get into the interaction and story book. You get to follow along with the creation of all 26 letters of the alphabet, and perform various touch based action to create each one.

Numberlys ($5.99, Universal) is a great read through, and you’ll enjoy every minute of the animation, interaction, and story. One problem is that you need to tap fixed buttons to flip pages, and you can skip interaction by accident. The app will even engage adults, though only for one read through. For adults who have kids at an age where they’re learning the alphabet, this could become a favorite. I could see this app being read at bedtime a number of nights, and it could really help put little ones to sleep. It’s one of the best app books in the App Store, and builds upon the exceptional nature of Flying Books.

MoonBots has another winner on their hands, and it’s worth the entry price, and an even higher recommendation if you have kids.


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