Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph had a huge opening in theaters at the beginning of November. Fans of the film will love Wreck-it Ralph Storybook Deluxe available in the app store. The app tells the story of Ralph and his arcade game friends, hopping through retro-style video games to save the day with help from Vanellope, a young “glitch” in the game, Sugar Rush. Using animation and voices straight from the film, Disney has once again created a top notch companion to the film.
Wreck-it is split into two sections: story narration and play. The story is a retelling of the film and can be set to auto-play, narration, or use your own voice recording. There is also an option to turn off the music and sound effects. The narration even incorporates the readers own face on some pages! The play section lets you create and decorate your own hart and use that kart to race against other racers from the movie. The race on the different tracks is just as hard to control as the old fashioned arcade racing games!
The app store has a few games to complement this app and the movie, Wreck-it. Based on the fictional video games, the developers created real games to enjoy. I tried Fix-it Felix Jr. (free – lite version of Wreck-it Ralph Games), which just like the story, features Ralph as the wrecker and Felix in his role as the hero of the game, fixing the windows Ralph wrecks. Other related apps are Wreck-it Ralph Games ($0.99) and Wreck-it Ralph: Hero’s Duty ($1.99).
Wreck-it Ralph Storybook Deluxe is another great Disney movie companion. While I found the story a little light on interaction, old and new fans alike will enjoy the story of Ralph and Vanellope. The kart creation and racing are excellent editions that I think parents will also enjoy. While the price is higher than a lot of other story apps, it is in line with Disney’s collection of movie apps and given its inclusion of content from the movie, amazing graphics, sound and attention to detail we generally feel the apps are worth their price!
Price: $6.99 – recommended for ages 7+ because of use of words like “idiot”
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. *** Please note this App is not compatible with iPhone 3GS or 3rd generation iPod touch.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.