So there’s this little movie coming out later in the week called The Avengers and it has all sorts of super heroes in it and is supposed to be a big blockbuster. There are a few people in my house who’d like to go see it and yes, I’m including myself in that group. If you’re anxiously waiting for the movie, or you have a young Avengers or Marvel Comics fan in your house take a look at the newest Marvel app releases from Disney. I wrote about their The Amazing Spiderman: Origin Story app back in December and they’ve followed that up with Avengers Origins: Assemble! and Avengers Origins: Hulk. Both stories are narrated by the legendary Stan Lee and have made the Avengers history accessible for children.

The stories are well done and I was drawn in. I’m not familiar with the origin stories and so it was interesting for me to learn how Bruce Banner became the Hulk and how Captain America joined the Avengers. The apps have a comic book feel and I like the way illustrations zoom in, out and across the screen as readers progress throughout the story. Blended in with the storyline are interactive activities that must be completed to keep the action moving. A Younger Reader mode allows parents to turn these off so younger children can enjoy the story without potential frustration over the activities.

Each app comes with mini-games that can be played after the story is finished. Assemble! has more games and my 7 year old son has been loving those. You can choose to play as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow or Hulk and each character has different weapons, making the game different each time around.

I got a kick out of the Avengers Origins apps and I know Mr. O did too. After he helped me check them out on our iPad he immediately asked if they worked on an iPod too (they do) because he wanted to put Assemble! on his iPod right away. *Update – Mr. O is still enjoying the app but he’s told me he’d didn’t like not learning how ALL the Avengers got together in the first place. He wanted to know how they all joined, not just how they found Captain America. I tend to agree with him…perhaps in another release….

See Avengers Origins: Hulk in iTunes

Price when Reviewed: $3.99

See Avengers Origins: Assemble! in iTunes

Price when Reviewed: $5.99

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.


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