Developer: XMG Studio
Price: FREE (with $4.99 in-app purchase available)
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

It might be stereotyping but there’s no denying that Totally Amp’d! is clearly aimed at teenage girls. It’s an interactive sitcom that fans can watch and play with on their iOS device, a quite revolutionary concept that I suspect will only grow in the coming months.

Totally Amp’d! follows the story of five talented teenagers who join together to form a band to win a contest to be the opening act for pop star Charlie Fever. It’s typically gleeful storytelling with some equally cheery casting. While the acting may be far from Oscar quality, it’s a happy mix that, in 10 minute doses, is bound to entertain teenagers thanks to it being a world of fun and laughter. The very fact that it’s aimed directly at them makes it all the better.

Once the episode concludes, items are unlocked such as songs, movie clips and design studio elements. These then form the basis of the interactive side of the app.

The music studio enables the user to record their own vocals onto a song featured in the sitcom series or they can remix elements such as adjust the level of the vocals, guitars, bass, drums or synth. It’s a simple procedure but for the aspiring singer, there’s bound to be some fun to be had.

Videos offer similar remixing qualities but this time in terms of how shots are sequenced and which shots are included.

The Design studio offers the ability to design outfits for the characters featured in Totally Amp’d!, by changing their dress types or the color of their shoes amongst many other things. These characters can then be placed on posters, album covers or wallpaper.

Totally Amp’d! is free to try, with one of the ten episodes included but to get the full benefits, users need to buy the season for $4.99. It’s reasonably well priced given the amount of episodes included and the unlockables. For the young teenage girl, this is a fine purchase to make.

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