Got Olympic Fever? Get Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports — iPad App Review

The Olympics offers viewers a chance to watch sports that most of us rarely see. Whether a child is intrigued by archery or velodrome, Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports feeds her curiosity.

Constructed like a digital deck of cards by British developer WilsonFletcher, this universal app is offers a UI that is simple, yet so inviting that kids and adults will want to read all about each of the 74 included sports. Curly’s Pocket Guide packs an impressive amount of information into a very small space.

Curly’s Pocket Guide blends clean, vintage-inspired illustrations of each sport with clever tagline. For example, “Gymnastics – Artistic — The most fearless 16-year-olds you will ever see” or “Gymnastics – Rhythmic — Floor routines with props.”


As befits its central role to the Olympics, Athletics opens up to a new set of cards that explain every track and field event from the 100 M to the Triple Jump. Swimming also expands to give special attention to the breadth of pool events.

As the user swipes through the selection of cards, trivia questions pop up. For example, “Who introduced the ‘Dolphin Kick’ to Competitive Swimming?” Simply tap the card to see the answer.

The back of the cards offer more than just trivia, however. Each card includes everything a burgeoning fan needs to know: the sport’s rules, tips on technique, and points of interest.

Since the app integrates Facebook, Twitter, and email, users can also share facts of interest from within the app.

Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports is spot on. Swiping through the Curly’s cards was such a pleasure thanks to WilsonFletcher’s masterful, yet utterly simple, execution. Developers take note: more interactivity doesn’t make an app better. A thoughtfully designed app will always best one that relies on digital chicanery.

Download Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports from the App Store for $0.99. Seriously, do it now while there is still hours of Olympics to watch.

What I liked: Though it’s not a reading app per se, Curly’s Pocket Guide encourages kids to read. Reluctant readers or kids who don’t enjoy fiction may find flipping through Curly’s cards is a great way to keep their reading skills strong over the summer. I will be using the app as I watch some of the London games more eccentric events.

What I didn’t like: Nothing! Curly’s Pocket Guide is gold medal quality.

To buy or not to buy:Olympic fans of all ages will enjoy Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports. For only $0.99, Curly’s Pocket Guide offers users a complete, attractive rule guide to nearly every sport one can think up.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite