The Little Witch at School (iOS) Review
- As always, a cute tale
- Very interactive
- SlimCricket at its finest!
Not so much?
- Not really a negative, but it's over in about 15 minutes.
The Little Witch at School is a charming interactive storybook application that is perfect for kids this Halloween season!
Ever since the first SlimCricket app that I had the pleasure of showing my kids, The Witch with No Name, there has been a special place in my heart for their interactive storybooks. Nobody does it quite as well, and like a fine wine, they seem to only get better with age. The latest SlimCricket tale, The Little Witch at School, reintroduces us to the aforementioned character, the witch, when she’s just a young child attending school.
The story spans 25 interactive pages, ranging from simple interactions to more involved games. Like other SlimCricket titles, there are subtle interactions and more obvious ones.
Much like the new iOS 7 parallax effect, which gives the lock and home screen a 3-dimensional feel when the device is rotated, The Little Witch each page has 3D environments whose angle shifts slightly when the iPad is moved.
Other objects, people, and creatures that kids can touch to make them move around are marked with a blue highlight. Most of the objects don’t alter the course of the story, and are merely there in the background.
Touch isn’t the only way the story interacts with children, The Little Witch at School, also uses the device’s front-facing camera and the accelerometer.
The The Little Witch at school is aimed at a suggested age range from 4-7, and has three different difficulty settings. This time around the puzzles seem a little more involved and logic-based, including using addition to find the proper paint color in a paint-by-number activity (see image above).
Even if your child is too young to understand even the simplest logic puzzle, and is simply interested in listening to the story, you can skip ahead at any time, including the games, or choose a completely new starting page.
The story lasts between 15 and 25 minutes, dependent upon reading level.
The Little Witch at School also offers a Surprise option at the game’s menu — which I won’t give away because it’s a surprise. The surprise unlocks when certain conditions are met while playing the puzzle games, like completing one without making any mistakes.
The story itself is cute and connects this story to SlimCricket’s original, and tells the tale of how the witch loses her name and becomes the Witch with No Name. If you haven’t checked out any of the other SlimCricket games, I suggest you do so — or at the very least check out our reviews here: The Witch With No Name, Victor’s Cold!, and Alizay, Pirate Girl.
For our bedtime story, I sat down with my 4- and 6-year-old sons and played through this one. They both said they liked it, and then asked that they be allowed to play the other SlimCricket ones.
It’s a fun interactive story for the Halloween season! Pick it up, I think your kids will enjoy it, and is well worth the less-than-$5 price tag.
The Little Witch at School is available from the Google Play store at the current price of $3.49 and the Apple App Store for $3.99. The app was reviewed on a 3rd generation iPad, but is also playable on smaller iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch.