This title is more game than book, but otherwise fabulous, featuring a dozen pages of fun bombs readers can set up and then watch explode before piecing a complex puzzle back together. The star of the brief storytelling is a robot named Tiki-Zin3 who is searching the universe for alien life. After many pages of patient exploration and repairs, the robot is greated by an act of friendship. The overall design and implementation of the games is intuitive and well-crafted, but as a storybook this app lacks significant narrative intrigue to draw young readers beyond the interactive puzzles.
The games themselves are brilliant, engaging young and old alike in a series of steps to solve complex puzzles. The challenge can be high, although my 2nd grader was able to complete the whole thing by himself. The app also provides lots of replay value for hours of potential entertainment. This is, however, not much of a 'story' book and definitely not appropriate for bedtime. There is also very limited classroom application for this otherwise delightful app. Featuring nice narration (not highlighted), simple arrow page turning and a galaxy of challenging activities.
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30 - 45 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 10 +
Tiki-Zin3 is a hardworking little robot whose job is to search for alien life. In this book he gets BLASTED into an unexpected adventure that takes him far from his beloved work. On his little odyssey he travels to amazing places within and beyond our solar system, sets a new record for space exploration and might even make some special new friends.
This interactive book is a joy for all ages. Join Tiki-Zin3 as he gets blasted from place to place by mysteriously placed bombs. The reader gets to be the one who pushes the buttons that set the bombs off, AND… the reader is then recruited to rebuild the scene once it is destroyed! [Source: iTunes]