Pixel and Parker are best friends and you have the opportunity to join them in this interactive and completely adorable story. When Pixel goes missing, Parker goes on a hunt for his beloved cat –from “the playground to the alley, to the forest and beyond.”
With more than 30 different activities, many of which actually contribute to moving the story along, Pixel and Parker is a delightfully interactive experience. The illustrations are vibrant and colorful and feature very obvious animations and navigation which help to make this app easy for smaller children to enjoy.
The original soundtrack to this app is as bold and fun as the illustrations, with fun and dynamic sound effects for things like on-screen rain.
As Parker looks for Pixel, you play an interactive board game in which you can spin the wheel to determine how many spaces forward you will move. Each spot you land on leads you to a place where the cat may be hidden (or where you might receive a brand new shirt for Parker to change into), with many frames challenging you and your child to lift boxes to see who may be underneath or inviting you to play music on a series of cat tails.
What I liked: I really enjoy the narrator’s voice; it carries a certain energy and whimsy that make it really enjoyable to listen to.
What I didn’t like: In some instances there are on-screen indicators (an animated circle) that show where the interactive elements are on a page, while others do not. It would be nice if this feature was consistent.
To buy or not to buy: If you have a little one that loves cats, this book is a fantastic addition to your iPad library.
- App Name: Pixel and Parker
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Books
- Developer: Spinlight Studio
- Price: $1.99