The Dream Review for iPhone and iPad
The Dream by Swipea Games is an interactive and visual storybook filled with mini games and other additions. It is designed for kids to become more culturally aware and it revolves around an inspiring story for them. The Dream is a universal app and available for free on the App Store. There is also a $2.99 premium version, called The Dream: World Explorer Edition, with more mini games and features available.
The main storyline in this visual and interactive novel revolves around a poor digger, named Ahmad, who lived in Baghdad, Iraq. He had an interesting dream that took him to a journey to Cairo, Egypt and back. The theme is that sometimes it is wise following your dreams or inspirations as something unexpected and great can come out of this. He ends up finding a treasure and being able to provide a great life for himself and his family. The story is pretty cool and interesting with interactivity involved. It flows from various visuals screens or pages.
In one page, for example, touch Ahmad at times and he will throw the desert sand over his shoulder. In another, you can touch the sun and the app will give you a prompted message telling you about the weather in the actual region of Baghdad. There is also information about drinking water out of cactuses. All of these little interactions and facts are pretty captivating to anyone who isn’t an expert on the region. There is a lot of useful information presented.
The visual aspect of the novel is pretty nice and colorful. The artwork isn’t too detailed or elaborate, but it is charming and polished. There is also some movement presented in the different pages or scenes. A voiceover reads the text that is also visible in the story. However, the novel or story is only one aspect of this app. There are various mini games and social networking aspects available in the app as well. In a section, called happy bazzar (even though “bazzar” should be spelt bazaar), you can order a real cardboard board game in a subsection called “Race To Cairo.” You do this by liking the app developer’s Facebook page first. There are other interesting little sections and mini games presented in The Dream. A lot of them revolve around using social media, like the previous example, or in-app purchases though.
The Dream is recommended for all families and kids in particular between the ages of 7 and 12. It is a very interactive and colorful novel with lots of other mini games, fact findings, and aspects to it. The learning aspect should be stressed overall as the app provides a lot of useful information for all ages.
Note: A promotional code was provided by the creator for use in this article.
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