Join the Kingdom of Unbelievaville in Happily Ever After – iPad Game Review

Happily Ever AfterEveryone has problems, including the cast of characters living in the Kingdom of Unbelievaville. Your problem is that it seems to have fallen upon you to fix everything.

While it may seem like it on the surface, this isn’t an app for really young children –though I can say honestly that the storyline sounds an awful lot like a crazy conversation I would have with my toddler and her vivid, silly and wonderful imagination! The queen is angry because you are making her look less cool and so while you are looking for the ingredients needed for a spell (so you won’t be turned into a doorknob before you make it to the talent contest of course) you are met with puzzles to solve in order to assist “Prince Charming, BB Wolff, The 3 Little Pigs , Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, Cinderella, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red, Tom Thumb and all their fairy tale companions.”

There is no shortage of detail or sophistication with this app. Your very first task is to recover the jellybean eyes for the poor (grouchy) gingerbread man. As you find his eyes hidden in the scene you are told which is right and left but when I placed them on his face I didn’t consider that and he told me he was dizzy until I corrected them! As you move forward through the story, the puzzles get harder and some do really require a moment or two of thought.

Beyond the main game are three mini-games that allow you to splat as many zits as you can (so grossly fun, just be sure that you haven’t eaten recently), match the veggies to their proper beds (think princess and the pea, only it could be a squash or an eggplant between the mattresses!) and chase the gingerbread man by running as fast as you can (grabbing sweets and treats along the way for the added energy to run faster).

What I liked: I can appreciate a little (or a lot) of sarcasm and this app delivers it brilliantly!

What I didn’t like: I’m having a hard time finding things to complain about with this app. A little out-loud narration of the text may have been nice, especially for the kids (I would recommend sticking to those older than 6) don’t have to do as much reading of text that is entirely uppercase (which can be hard for them to go over quickly).

To buy or not to buy: This app fills the prescription for much needed “silly” in our lives. It is whimsical and fun and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

  • App Name: Happily Ever After
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Boiled Frog Gaming Ltd
  • Price: $4.99
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