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Alizay, Pirate Girl (iOS) Review

 
Alizay, Pirate Girl (iOS) Review
Alizay, Pirate Girl (iOS) Review
Alizay, Pirate Girl (iOS) Review

 
At a Glance...
 

Formats: iOS, Android
 
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Final Score
8.5
8.5/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


  • Cute and Charming
  • Lots of interactions and mini-games
  • Cool Frogger homage
  • Family-Friendly

Not so much?


  • Some mini-games can be challenging (but can be skipped)


Final Fiendish Findings?

Alizay, Pirate Girl is the newest interactive storybook from developers SlimCricket. it’s a cute and charming family-friendly story.

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Posted May 30, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Developer SlimCricket is back with their latest interactive storybook, “Alizay, Pirate Girl” for both the iOS and Android, a charming tale about Alizay a pirate girl, who is traveling with Captain Rubberfoot (who peg leg is a toilet plunger) and crew in search of the treasure of Wind Rose Island.

If you’ve played previous SlimCricket interactive storybook apps, like “Victor’s Cold” or “The Witch With No Name,” you’ll love “Alizay, Pirate Girl.”  Like the previous stories, you can read the story to yourself, or have it read to you.  The narration and voice work is well done, and those who have played other titles by this developer will recognize familiar voices.

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SlimCricket apps are all about interaction, and “Alizay, Pirate Girl” is no different.  Some of the interaction is subtle, like moving twisting or moving your iPad or Android device which shifts the perspective of the scene a bit.  Throughout each page, there will be objects and creatures that you can click on to interact with.  You will also be asked to swipe, tap, and blow on the screen in order to accomplish tasks.

Some of the more involved interactive scenes require some decent hand-eye coordination, like one scene where you have to quickly tap hordes of crabs before they reach Alizay.  This one gave both my 3 and 6 year-old some problems, as they weren’t quick enough.  While it led to a bit of frustration, we were able to pass right by the event by clicking the arrow to proceed to the next page.  It might not be obvious at first, but any event can be skipped entirely by turning the digital page.

“Alizay” also features a “Surprise” option but requires you to complete three of the game’s interactive objectives with a certain criteria.  The tale also offers three levels of difficulty: easy, medium, and hard.  If your child finds themselves wanting to accomplish a challenge without skipping the page, you may want to consider dropping the difficulty.

Alizay, Pirate Girl (iOS) Review

“Alizay, Pirate Girl” will probably take about 15 minutes to complete, and makes for a great bedtime story.  The kids loved it, and it was a lot of fun for me watching them play it.  (As an old-school gamer, I was pleased to see a Frogger homage during one of Alizay’s mini-games.)

The iPad version was used for this review, and it looked fantastic on my iPad 3.  I’m assuming there are not too many differences between this and the Android version, but your mileage may vary.

There is a current promo this Saturday, June 1, 2013, where you can purchase Alizay, Pirate Girl for 60% off.  Whether or not you get in on this deal, I highly recommend you picking it up!


Troy Benedict