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Gadgetarium, an Interactive Children’s Book About Technology, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 6th, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad only

Gutenbergz Inc. wanted kids to learn more about technology, so they created Gadgetarium - an Interactive Children’s Book About Technology. The app was fully funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and has just been released for iOS.

Gadgetarium takes children, 6 years and older, through the history of technology; from the creation of the wheel to radios, microscopes, and more. The inventions can be viewed as 3D models that can be played with to learn more about them, and users are guided through their discoveries by a boy and his pet pug.

Gadgetarium also offers the ability to mix different gadgets to create new inventions to help foster curiosity and creativity. You can pick it up for $1.99 on the App Store.

SHERLOCK: Interactive Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRESH TAKE
A classic murder mystery with plenty of interactive content; what more could one want from a story?
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How My Body Works Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: INTERESTING BUT FLAWED
How My Body Works does exactly what the name suggests and in an interesting manner but its pricing structure and slow loading is off-putting.
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Turn Your Brain Into Goo With The Fourth Dimension

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 3rd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We live in a three-dimensional world, but could there possibly be more than that, ones we can't perceive? Definitely. Want to try to perceive them? Then download The Fourth Dimension. This interactive app explains what how a fourth spatial dimension would interact with ours, and how we would see it in a three-dimensional context, by partially comparing it to how objects can appear three-dimensional in a two-dimensional plane (like any 3D video game, or just a drawing of a cube on a piece of paper), and expanding it out to a fourth-dimensional object's projection into three-dimesnions.

Or at least I think that's how it works. It's all very hard to grasp. Thankfully, the app authors tackle the subject with a goofy wit that should help keep users' brains from melting into goo. The ability to interact with shapes, and get a feel for how fourth-dimensional tesseracts would appear in a three-dimensional world lends the app a degree of helpfulness that a scientific book, or even a novella like Flatland cannot.

Enjoy The Classic Story Of Snow White With An Interactive Twist

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 30th, 2012

Newly released for the iPhone comes Snow White, a beautifully animated storybook style app detailing the fairytale of Snow White while also offering a number of mini games and songs.

Available in both English and Spanish varieties, Snow White promises 35 minutes of interactive story, along with 8 mini games to play. In all there are 28 scenes to look around via the tilt functionality of the iPhone or by touching the screen to discover hidden details. The games are a mixture of sing along, memorizing pairs, exploding bubbles and solving basic puzzles. Children can explore the app either by reading to themselves or having the storyline read to them.

Snow White should be the ideal interactive storybook for young children. Being available in two different languages and with native speakers available for both ensures that both native English speakers and Spanish speakers wll be able to enjoy the classic tale.

It's out now priced at $4.99.

Numberlys Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lisa Caplan on January 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DELICIOUSLY DYSTOPIC
Moonbots Studios' second digibook blurs the line between book, app and movie.
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The Survivors Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Keri Honea on December 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: UNIQUE
The Survivors appears to be a regular e-book, but it's the first e-book to implement Immersedition, a tech that allows readers to truly immerse themselves in the story.
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is Back on the App Store... and It's Hungry

Posted by Rob Rich on October 26th, 2011

I was working in a now-defunct bookstore when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released on an unsuspecting public. I don't have precise figures but I can say with certainty that the book sold like mad. It was a combination of a small publisher doing a somewhat limited run, and a level of consumer interest that not many predicted. People love Victorian zombies, apparently. Who knew?

A year after the novel's release, a side-scrolling game based on the twisted tale made its way on to the App Store. But Quirk Books isn't done with the iOS platform yet. Oh no. Not by a long shot. Now the literary "classic" has been given new life (*rimshot*) in the form of an illustrated, interactive eBook.

This isn't any regular old eBook, mind. It's full of interactive (and incredibly gory) illustrations and features an original score and sound effects. Sounds awesome, yes? Well there's more. Not only can users enjoy all manner of zombie-centric animated illustrations as they read this unexpectedly popular story, they can also read the entire original Austin text by flipping their device upside-down. Even more interesting (and excessive), tilting the device on its side will simultaneously display both the interactive zombie-infested re-imagining and the literary classic at the same time.

Anyone who might have held off on reading this most interesting interpretation, but still wants to, should definitely have a look-see at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Interactive eBook. It's absolutely stuffed with content and at $4.99 (for a limited time) it's currently almost half of the physical tome's price.

Above and Beyond: John Kascht Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Lisa Caplan on October 10th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SATIRIC EYE CANDY
You may not know the name but you know the caricatures. This beautiful interactive audio book is easy on the eyes.
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A Christmas Carol for iPad Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Joey Davidson on December 14th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEAMPUNKY
A classic Christmas tale is given an interactive, if misguided, presentation.
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