Omar Gallaga takes a look at “The Little Engine That Could”, the unauthorized version, an interactive storybook for iPad. Compared to the other “Little Engine That Could” app, this version does not include the original illustrations or text. This app is appropriate for ages 2 – 6. Please visit KirkusReviews.com for a full review, along with reviews for dozens of other iPad storybook apps.
hello i'm omar guy Aquifer Kirkus Reviews now this is a little engine that could but it's not the authorized version this one is actually trying to do a lot more it's trying to be very digital in modern you can actually change the color of the train before you start load the train with your toy so before you even got into the story you've got some of this interactivity but what we found when we actually played played with this more was it actually is very long very tedious and once you actually get going doesn't really work that well it's actually got some graphical glitches that make it look like like it's really struggling to go along and it's a bit of a slog getting up the mountain so I mean we've got sound effects with that you know it looks fantastic when you first start but there's no text to accompany the story so you can't read along and you really don't have any control over the story once it gets going it just sort of chugs along as things are kind of filling in there and you can't turn pages or bring up anything that lets you skip ahead into the story you're just kind of waiting and waiting and waiting for the story to continue and you know even though it's got a much more modern look than the wotty Piper authorized app that we've also looked at it doesn't really have the same kind of charm it doesn't really have as much personality the drawings are nice but they're very bland and almost look computer rendered as opposed to the other ones and it just doesn't really work as an app for us we see it here we have some graphical glitches that don't really know what's going on here you're hoping it's not gonna crash it's gonna crash and I think it crashed for us so this is just one of the technical problems we had with this story where you know it very seems kind of technically ambitious trying to do kind of 3d graphics and but it just doesn't really work that well when you have an app that you're trying to read to a kid and you have a white screen like this that's not good ah there we go so lots of small delays like that and things that just don't look like they're quite working it doesn't seem especially polished when you have these big delays between pages and things coming up slowly like that this really demonstrates kind of the problems that we had with the app it really just doesn't quite work technically like it's supposed to and there's no real way to control it or get out of it when it starts acting that way anyway this is the little engine that could not the authorized version and it is in the App Store appropriate for ages two to six if you'd like to read and view more about these children's iPad apps and others visit us at Kirkus Reviews com