What It Is
Imaginext Adventures Through the Crystal Eye is an interactive comic book app that lets kids choose how the story progresses while learning that being a true hero means being responsible for your actions. In the story, Ed Venture and his friends go on a field trip to a museum. When Ed gets too close to an ancient sword, the sword breaks, and Ed's friend Kirch is blamed for it because Ed doesn't speak up and say what really happened. Suddenly, Ed and his friends find themselves transported to a medieval world where they must rescue Kirch from the knights, and Ed must right his wrong. As kids navigate the storybook, certain objects will have a blue glow behind them or flashing yellow arrows will appear, cueing kids to touch or slide those objects to continue the story. At certain points, kids also get to choose what happens next. Climb up a tower wall or sneak behind a wagon to get into the castle? Go through the door or hide behind the cart to get to the dungeon?
The app has two modes: Read to Me, which allows kids to have the character voices narrate the story, or Read to Myself, which turns off the narration and lets kids read the book on their own.
Why It’s Fun
Even if your child isn't familiar with Fisher-Price's Imaginext toy line, he or she will still like this action-packed, interactive digital comic book. Kids will like that at certain points in the story, they get to dictate how the story progresses. With two reading modes, this digital comic book is perfect for beginner and older readers.
Who It’s For
This app is for ages 3–8.
What To Be Aware Of
This app is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 4.3 or later.
There are two buttons on the home page. One takes you to the Fisher-Price Imaginext toy page, and the other takes you to the Fisher-Price app page. Both can only be accessed by inputting a code, but the code is given, so kids may be able to enter it and proceed to these websites. From the Fisher-Price app page, it is then possible for kids to choose an app and view it in the Apple App Store. If they know their parents' Apple ID password, they could end up purchasing an app.