This Book Is About To Explode is an interesting interactive storybook with fun puzzle elements that children and their adults will enjoy.
This fun sci-fi story centers around Tiki-Zin3, a robot whose job is to search for alien life – ironic because mischievous aliens, in the interest of making their existence known, explode bombs which send Tiki-Zin3 to different locations out into space. Although this character expresses displeasure about being blown to different locations, I am glad to see that the enjoyment children experience from pressing the button to explore the scenes from this book is not a set-up to be terribly sadistic as Tiki-Zin3 makes comments such as not having the time to take a vacation within the place he has just landed, keeping this story light and fun without making children feel too bad for causing these explosions.
This is a creative book with an interesting point-of-view as readers themselves are given the task of blowing up the bombs used by the aliens, first by solving a puzzle to allow detonation and then completing a fun, sometimes challenging memory game where players need to place the details found in every scene back to their rightful places.
Nine scenes are included with a varied degree of difficulty, and I admire the number of hints given within this app, as arrows point to the hotspots where objects need to be placed, also showing players the correct location of an object if one makes a mistake as well as an image of the landscape before the explosion.
I am also very happy to announce that the developer of this app has a “hints” page on his website – very helpful to players who may have difficulty solving the puzzles needed to gain access to the explosives. I wish other developers with puzzle apps or other challenging games would follow this lead to help serve their customers.
The look of this app is also intriguing with a nice use of bold, bright and truly vibrant colors that really pop against the dark background of space, also including nicely stylized illustrations with a vague 1980’s flair that I enjoy.
The only thing I would change is the nearly script font used, which is difficult to read for my taste – even with the larger screen of the iPad. This, combined with the fun yet robotic voice of This Book Is About To Explode, could make this story difficult for children to follow.
Even with this note, This Book Is About To Explode is a unique and inventive storybook with a nice level of content in terms of both puzzles to solve and memory games to complete. The number of hints included within This Book Is About To Explode is admirable as are the bright, fun illustrations. To access the “Hints” section of the developer’s site, please follow the link from iTunes to the developer’s website.
This Book Is About To Explode
Released: 2012-05-19 00:00:00
Description from the Developer*** ON SALE for a limited time to celebrate "Tiki-Zin3's birthday!" ***
Tiki-Zin3 is a hardworking little robot whose job is to search for alien life. In this book he gets BLASTED into an unexpected adventure that takes him far from his beloved work. On his little odyssey he travels to amazing places within and beyond our solar system, sets a new record for space exploration and might even make some special new friends.
This interactive book is a joy for all ages. Join Tiki-Zin3 as he gets blasted from place to place by mysteriously placed bombs. The reader gets to be the one who pushes the buttons that set the bombs off, AND… the reader is then recruited to rebuild the scene once it is destroyed!
The bombs get more complex and challenging as the book progresses but there should be plenty of helpful hints for even smaller children to figure them out.
But if you get stuck you can visit the hints page, too (just click the This Book Is About To Explode Support link below)!
*Attractive, colorful graphics
*Encourages thought and exploration
*Helps build memory skills
*Teaches children to be observant
*One app that works on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad!
*One hard-working robot
*Many mischievous aliens
*Who could ask for more?!
To protect your child's privacy, this app does not contain web links, links to social media, in-app purchases or adds, and it does not collect location or any other data from users.