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Planes: Storybook Deluxe

September 12, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A storybook with top-notch flying game included!

From Disney Digital Books, this app is a companion to the theatrical release of Planes and follows the movie plot closely. Planes: Storybook Deluxe is also a storybook with an extra children won't soon forget - a flying game bundled into the app. The book covers the plot twists, featuring a lovable underdog, Dusty, who pursues his dream of leaving the fields where he is a crop-duster to fly around the world for fame and fortune. This character is a spin-off from the Disney Cars series and has a similar graphic and narrative style.

A flying game with simple controls lets youngsters take to the skies in their own planes. The "Planes" logo can also be scanned for additional treats. Parents should note that there are a lot of links and ads for other Disney products but all tucked under a parental gate that requires being able to read and correctly input numbers (for example, by reading and correctly entering "Zero, Five, Three"). Also includes recordable narration options, a nice page guide and useful instructions. You can print a copy of the logo if you do not have one at home.

Overall, this app is a great value. It combines a movie-themed storybook with a video game that has intuitive controls, letting children steer with the iPad (or iPhone). For fans of the Planes movie and Disney Cars franchise in particular, this book app will not disappoint.

Recommended!

Available with the following languages in-app: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

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Planes: Storybook Deluxe

September 12, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Disney Digital Books

Developer:
Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

Length (time):
15 - 45 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 4 - 9 +

Languages:
English • French • Spanish •German •Italian •Japanese •Dutch •

Length (pages):
41 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Planes: Storybook Deluxe

Planes follows the story of Dusty Cropper, a big-hearted, speed-loving crop duster who dreams of competing in the toughest and most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There are only a couple of not-so-small problems—Dusty is not exactly built for racing, and he is afraid of heights! With support of friends, including the Skipper (his coach), Dusty reaches heights he never dreamed possible and in the process, gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. 

Read along with a narrator or by yourself! Enjoy music from the film and see the characters come to life with your touch as you watch the story unfold. 

Fly your favorite planes from the film as you navigate courses and race around the globe! [Source: iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read and Fly, Auto-Play, Music On/Off, Language, Page Guide, Recording, Flying Game, Web/Email and other Links & Ads for Disney Products (under parental gate that requires reading)

App Release Date:
2013-07-11

 






Size: 338.11 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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