Fun interactive elements, well narrated, good sound effects and background music.
What we’d love to see…
Read by myself option, word highlighting as it is read.
A comic book style adaptation of the classic Treasure Island Tale. This is most likely to appeal to boys in the 8yrs+ age bracket, and they would also enjoy the interactive elements
Treasure Island – A Classic Tale HD by Tiger Games Limited is a comic book rendition of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story. The app is available in iPad, iPhone and android versions, this review is of the iPad version. It is an abridged and modified version of the original story, it has 65 pages and is divided into six chapters.
In this version of the tale Jim Hawkins is his bedroom working on his homework when he drifts off to sleep. His friends Livesey and Trelawney, come to visit and he tell them the tale of Captain Flint, his chest and the treasure map. He tells how old blind Pew, Black Dog and the other pirates are after the map. They decide to go to sea to search for the treasure, Trelawney is the Admiral, Livesey the ships doctor and Jim the cabin boy. From there it is the familiar story of Long John Silver, the mutiny and search for the treasure. At the end of the story Jim wakes up in his bedroom disappointed to find it was all a dream, or was it ?…..
The story is illustrated in comic book style and is narrated by a British narrator who does a good job and gives each character different voices. There is no text highlighting as it is read, and I could not find a read it myself option. Many pages have interactive elements and a hand on the screen points these out. They include sound effects and activities such as throwing coconuts at the pirates. There are also hidden pirate objects that you can collect throughout the story and are saved in “Davy Jones Locker”.
The developer says this is suitable for age 6yr+ but I would say a little older, probably 2nd Grade and up. There are some scenes especially in the beginning of the book that may be too scary for younger readers, and there is a quite a lot of talk about pirates dying. The illustrations can be a little coarse in places – one sailor has his bottom partly exposed (and farts when touched) and a wench in a bar has a pretty low-cut dress. My nine-year-old son enjoyed the book, and especially liked the interactive elements. I think the style of illustration and the overall feel of the book will appeal to boys from age 8+, and it has the potential to get reluctant readers in this group interested in the story (the original book is a great story and personal favorite of mine, but can be hard going unless you are a strong reader). However, to get this demographic interested in reading you really need to have an option to switch off the narration (whilst leaving on the music and sound effects), and word highlighting as it is read would be useful too.
Treasure Island - A Classic Tale HD
by Tiger Games Limited
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612
Size: 259.84 MB
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).