I hadn’t had the opportunity to check out any of the 3D apps on my iPad before I downloaded Beauty and the Beast Storybook Deluxe from iTunes. I had heard of 3D technology for iPads, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because my mind kept thinking in terms of 3D glasses and objects in films popping out in front of my face at the theater. This 3D is not quite the same experience. It makes scenes appear in more realistic perspective. For instance, when I look out my front window, I see my car in the driveway with the street behind, and some trees beyond the street. That is how the 3D effect in this app appears to me.
Now that we’ve taken care of the 3D, lets move on to the content of the app…
What you see above is one of the story pages with the menu bar at the bottom. I will start by saying that Disney Publishing Worldwide does such a beautiful job with the graphics of their apps. I don’t think that I have really been disappointed by any of the graphics that I have seen in their apps that I own. In this app, there are “sparkles” that appear on some of the story pages. When those “sparkles” are touched, the scene is put in motion.
There are quite a few options, other than just reading the story. As you can see from the menu above, there are pages to “paint”, music, games, and puzzles.
I think that I will start with the “paint” or coloring pages. There are several to choose from. On the picture above, I started “painting” with the lavender and red. Like most app coloring pages, I found it difficult to stay neatly in the lines. What I like about this is that they have the “swirly” colored option. When I clicked that and worked on the Beast, I found that the colors went where they were supposed to go. This is definitely a plus for those just starting their “painting” careers.
This app contains a sing-a-long section comprised of two songs: Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast. The blocks that are highlighting “we invite you to” move with the words in true karaoke style.
There are several puzzles to choose from. I wondered if it would be challenging enough to be fun, so I chose the “hard” level. The “hard” level seemed to offer enough pieces to take a little bit of thought. In contrast, the “easy” level had 9 pieces.
There are two games in this app. I started this maze game a couple of times and was surprised to see that the locations of the “exit” and the characters were different both times.
The other game involves finding roses throughout the story. If you look at the far corner of the hearth (just above Cogsworth’s head), you will see one of the roses. By collecting these roses, you can help find the castle.
Like many story apps from this publisher, your child can be read to, your child can read to herself, or you can record the story for her to listen to. This is such a beautiful app, and I do feel like it is worth the $4.99 price. So, for that princess in your life, I would highly recommend the Beauty and the Beast Storybook Deluxe app for iPad.
FTC Disclosure: While I did received a free copy of this app for review purposes, the opinions stated above are those of my princess and me. Also, affiliate links are used in this article.