In the next series of iPad apps that I’m reviewing, today I’m going to share with you my impressions of Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications app “Toy Story Showtime“, which is available for $4.99 at the iTunes Store. Similar to Pooh’s Birthday Surprise, which I recently reviewed, the Toy Story app is an interactive storybook app, designed to help early readers develop some good reading skills while having fun at the same time! The plot behind the story revolves around all of your favorite Toy Story characters, who are excited because Dolly declares that they should put on a Talent Show! This excites everyone — except Buzz — who tries to think of all sorts of ways that he can impress Jessie.
In the scene above, a spotlight shines, and your child (or you, if you prefer) can move the spotlight around to the other characters, and when it lands on them, you’ll see what they are practicing for the show!
As Buzz checks out what all the others are doing, and comes up with ideas similar to what they are doing (but with him in the scene instead of them), the talent show time gets closer and closer. Finally, the time has arrived! However, as soon as the music is turned on, a funny thing starts to happen to Buzz. He starts to dance!
Fortunately for Buzz, Jessie is there to encourage him, and he relaxes and starts dancing to the music!
Being interactive, there are several scenes where you can do things with the characters in the book. Anytime you see golden circles by a character, as illustrated in the image below, you can tap on one of the characters, and they will do a special move.
At the end of the story, you are given a chance to play some special games. In one of the games, you are told what move Buzz needs to make, and you tap the appropriate move on the screen, as you can see below in this screen shot.
In this next game, you are able to pick moves that you want to see Buzz perform, and then at the end, you press the play button to make Buzz perform your dance steps!
As with Pooh’s Birthday Surprise, this interactive storybook is for a younger reader, but it should provide plenty of interactive fun for them!
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