This graphic-novel style app presents an entirely unique and deeply engaging story for older readers, ages six and up. iTunes categorizes this app as 9+ for "Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence" but I tend to agree with this review from one of my favorite sites, SmartAppsforKids.com, by Heather Hetler: "Kung Fu Robot is violent by using nunchucks against chunky peanut butter and swatting away ninjas (from stealing his sandwich) with ninja spray (aka Dad's deodorant!) and a broom in the "Whack-a-Ninja" game. I think it's totally appropriate for even my almost-6 year old daughter."
"Kung Fu Robot has to save the world from ... from a kung-fu sized appetite!" This hip app story is well-produced but features simple production values with crisp graphics and impactful sound effects as the main way to enhance the narrative. Lacking animation and interactivity, this classic storytelling comic book app tells a tale with all the critical ingredients of a traditional title. Children will be enthralled by the battle to create the perfect peanut butter & jelly sandwich, including using nunchucks against the 'chunky' peanut butter to make it creamy.
There is no narration and limited enhancements compared to other tablet-based book apps, but this comic strip wins over readers with its retro-meets-21st-Century look and hip dialogue attributed to a main character that is both child-like in his robot innocence but also savvy with cutting edge ninja-style justice. Readers, both young & old alike, will enjoy reading this graphic novel together, giving an age old cuisine (the PB & J) a new lease on digital life.
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20 - 45 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 6 - 10 +
From iTunes: "He’s the Unicycle Champion of the 3rd Northern District, the world record holder for “ice cream sandwiches eaten in one sitting,” the reigning champion of continuous nunchucking and once won a bronze medal for simultaneous stomach rubbing and head patting. Meet KUNG FU ROBOT.
This inaugural edition of KUNG FU ROBOT represents the first three chapters of a longer interactive saga for the iPad.
- Original character art and story by illustrator Jason Bays (Kid Rocket Inc.)
- Original music and sound design by Noel Selders (Substream Music & Sound Design)
- Comic book-style “swipe and read” interface
- “Super Mega Action Sound Effects” soundboard
- “Whack-A-Ninja” mini-game
Titled “Peanut Butter, Jelly & Kung Fu Sandwich,” KUNG FU ROBOT blends a robot’s love of kung fu, his conscientious sidekick’s fear of getting in trouble, android ninjas, a crazy rooster bent on world domination and the pursuit for the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich into an engaging adventure for children of all ages.
KUNG FU ROBOT is an immersive experience brought to vivid life by an original storyline, engaging animation, action-packed sounds and a soundtrack that will have toes tapping. This interactive comic book, designed to engage young readers, includes a soundboard that allows users to mix “nunchuck attacks” and “kung fu splats” against a track-by-track breakdown of beats. Kids can also play the role of the story’s hero with the “Whack-A-Ninja” mini-game, bashing android ninjas with a broom as they pop out of kitchen drawers and cabinets."