Do your kids think there are monsters under their bed? What if they had a friendly monster under their bed? I Need My Monster is a new interactive children’s storybook app. The storybook tells the tale of a young boy and the monster under his bed, Gabe. Gabe the monster keeps the boy company each night and helps him fall asleep…but, one night Gabe is late and isn’t there in time for bed…will a substitute monster be the same? You will have to read to find out what happens…
I really thought this storybook app was cute and had a story that was original. There are four options on the opening page of the app: 1) Read to Me, 2) Read by Myself, 3) Matching Game, and 4) Follow Me. In the Read to Me option, kids are able to enjoy the story through fun narration and they can even choose to have the “auto-turn pages” on for easy viewing. While the Read by Myself option allows children to read the story on their own at their own pace and still interact with the animations. There is a Matching Game to play as well when you have finished with the story – the game features 3 levels (Level 1 – 6 cards, Level 2 – 12 cards, and Level 3 – 18 cards). The Matching Game is played by turning over cards and finding matches until you have found them all. I really liked the Follow Me game – the game is played similar to the old game of “Simon” where you repeat the sequence. There is a red monster, a blue monster, a yellow monster, and a green monster – one monster makes a noise and then you must copy it, then another monster makes a noise after the first and so on…it becomes increasingly difficult to replicate their pattern. I think that children would like this game because the monster’s animations are fun and the concept of the game challenges your memory skills.
I enjoyed the I Need My Monster storybook app. I think that children would love the animations and interactions – there are many ways to interact by shaking, tilting, and tapping the screen to make monsters appear and disappear, or change the monsters’ costumes, turn lights on and off, etc. I recommend this app if you have kids who like to read storybook apps, it is a fun read.
Price when Reviewed: $0.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is designed for both the iPhone and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.