[Platform: iOS App Store | Price: $0.99]
Hasbro was kind enough to send us a review copy of their interactive iOS storybook, "Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day". Since Seth doesn't own any iOS devices, I installed it on my iPad and ran it through its paces.
I don't want to spoil the review, but you should get it.
Behind the break you'll find a written review and a supplementary video review, for the reading-impaired (or those who want to laugh at my voice cause I'm kind of sick).
The main idea of this app is that it's a storybook with interactive elements. You can swipe through the pages, tap on certain items in certain scenes to make them move or perform an action, and play the two minigames that are interspersed throughout the story. Along the way you collect words that can be used to fill Twilight's diary at the end of the tale.
The story itself is narrated with rather high-quality voice acting, but I can't tell who's doing the voice. It doesn't sound like a narrator we've heard from the show. As she reads the story, the words she's saying are highlighted for easier reading comprehension. There is also an option to simply read the story without a voiceover, or to record your own voice for each individual page using the iPad's microphone- a nice touch that I think prolongs the appeal of the story quite nicely.
The minigames are simple- one involves using the accelerometer to guide Twilight through different environments, and the other is a 'spot-the-difference' game between two pictures. They provide a nice break between story sections.
The other main section of the app is a biography area of sorts for all of the main cast, including Spike and Celestia; a useful feature for a young reader who may not know all the characters yet.
The app as a whole is well put-together, and uses the iPad's screen to great extent with high-quality artwork and clips from the show, even if the vectors they use are a little dated.
All in all: is this worth ninety nine cents? Absolutely. That said, I don't think I need to remind anyone that this app is most certainly aimed at younger children, or children just learning to read. If you have a child more in the target demographic of the show, or you know someone who does, this will make an excellent gift, and an introduction to the show and its characters to boot.