Come along with Treasure Kai as he awakes from his treasure-hunting dream to find that he has a real treasure map and a clue in his pocket!  In this storybook app, children will travel back in time with Treasure Kai to race Francisco Coronado to the Seven Lost Cities of Gold.  It will be up to you and your kids to help Treasure Kai use his clues and conquer obstacles in order to beat the conquistadors of old and save the Seven Cities of Gold in this journey!

I thought that this app had a fun take on storybook apps – by letting kids read a story as they embark on a treasure hunt.  Children will touch the globe – “X” marks the spot of course – to begin their journey.  One neat thing about this storybook app is that it focuses on reading comprehension as kids must use their memory to help Treasure Kai get home.  And, unlike many other storybook apps, in Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold kids can experience the story in a completely different way each time – a modern spin on “choose-your-own-adventure” stories of the past.  First, a treasure map will appear showing seven golden keys – then, the keys go flying off the map into various scrambling chests.  Kids can now open the treasure chests at random and be transported to the each City of Gold, one at a time.  When your kids have discovered all seven keys, they must remember the order in which they visited the cities to get Treasure Kai back home!

I really enjoyed the Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold storybook app.  I like how children are able to test their memory and reading comprehension while reading the story.  The animations, interactions, and music are all great and help to make the story fun.  I would recommend this storybook app to parents with children who love adventure stories, especially “choose-your-own-adventure” type stories!

Price when Reviewed: $4.99

See the app in iTunes

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  This app is designed for iPad.

Seller: Treasure Bound Books

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


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About The Author


Nikki is a retired bookkeeper, starting her second career as a stay at home mom. She lives with her husband, son and yellow lab in North Carolina. She loves technology and gadgets – and her iPad is one of her favorites. One of her favorite things about apps is that they are so versatile – there are apps for teaching kids, apps for entertainment, apps for hobbies…She definitely believes the phrase “There’s an app for that…”

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