Megamind- Storybook App Review for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

By on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

“Megamind. Bad. Blue. Brilliant.” These are the opening words in Megamind- Storybook App by FrogDogMedia LLC, a universal app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Indeed, the three B’s well describe Megamind — except perhaps for the word, “Bad.” In the unlikely case you haven’t already figured out, this illustrated storybook is based on the animated movie, Megamind, which was released on Nov 5.

Though Megamind- Storybook App is targeted at children, the tale, illustrations, and narration are put together so well that the app may even find appeal with adults. That’s a good thing for parents … Then again, maybe not, for your child might keep pestering you for your iPad or steal away your iPhone.

In the story of Megamind, two blue alien parents put their very blue baby in a blue escape pod, which shoots off to Earth just moments before their planet is swallowed by a black hole. As fate would have it, a golden baby from another planet is also on his way toward Earth. While the golden baby’s golden pod lands in the comfortable grounds of a loving family, the blue baby’s blue pod lands in the Metro City prison. It isn’t hard to extrapolate that the golden baby leads a very golden life and grows up to be a hero — a flying superhero called Metro Man, the defender of Metro City. On the other hand, all the blue baby has chance to do is learn to be bad. He, of course, develops into the brilliant Megamind.

Good golden guy fights bad blue guy. The typical superhero story. Or is it? Is Megamind truly rotten to the core? Had he not had the ill luck to crash-land in the prison, his life might have unfolded very differently.

Megamind takes the typical superhero story and turns it around to tell the tale of the antihero. Megamind- Storybook App is easy to flip through and charming. When you first open the app, you’re given the option to read the story yourself, have it read to you, or have it completely auto-play without the need for you to swipe at the pages. At any time, you can pause the story or flip backward or forward. The app also contains sound effects. At the end of each narrative segment, a pale diamond will flash, and tapping this will play either sound clips from the movie or animated images. I confess it entertained me well enough, so what more a child.

Megamind- Storybook App is currently available in the App Store for $2.99. As a universal app, it will work on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Parents can hardly go wrong buying this for their child. It is targeted at children aged two to seven.

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