Bottom Line: Nott Won't Sleep is an adorable and creative way to engage little minds and get them settled for bed. There is a clearly defined storyline and activities that don’t need to follow a strict order, which removes any stress from play. With no words or text, parents and children have the chance to interact thoughtfully about Nott's adventures, making this a great find.
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This enchanting story from developer Developlay is about a little girl, Nott, who is not ready to go to sleep. It has been beautifully executed with calming music, tasks that can be accomplished in any order and lovable characters. Play begins with Nott standing in her bedroom and three silhouetted items: a moon, a light and a stuffed animal. A simple tap on any of these items brings a pillow to carry Nott to her chosen adventure.
Clicking on the moon carries Nott to a cloud-filled screen that children have to clear by touching. Accidental taps on Nott result in giggles from her, and once the clouds are removed, the happy face moon gently turns while stars drift across the screen. Touching stars sends them spiraling towards the moon which gets bigger as they fall towards her. Rotating the moon changes the sound of the music and the pace that stars cross the screen. When all of the stars have been captured, children tap on the moon and find themselves back in Nott’s bedroom where the first signs of being tired are shown by a yawning and droopy-eyed Nott.
Not many children would be satisfied by one little adventure, so tapping on her stuffed animal shape, Nox, brings the pillow back to carry Nott to a tranquil pond. Plants gently move to the music as an invitation to touch. As they are cleared, a seedling drops to a pond that separates Nott and her stuffed animal. When the seedling is given to Nox, he rows toward his friend and then stops so that children can clear more flora. The characters are so sweet as they reach for one another and the light tinkling that kids hear while tapping the plants is so calming I can barely write about it without falling asleep here. There are three rounds of plant tapping and rowing or blowing of leaves to deliver the cute little stuffy to Nott. This adventure has an added bonus of making the water interactive, but not so interactive that it draws away from the storyline. Once Nox makes it to Nott, they make their way back to the bedroom.
Nott is very tired by the third and final adventure. Children tap the light and the magical pillow carries Nott to the woods where fireflies light the darkness. Each round of caught fireflies starts the fun of hide-and-seek with a hedgehog, a deer, a fox, an owl and a koala that dance out into the opening after being found so they can sleep by the firefly light. The app comes to a beautiful ending as each object that has been found is illuminated and contributes to Nott’s bedtime. The light is extinguished, the moon yawns and drifts off to sleep and Nott’s precious stuffed animal crawls into bed and waits for Nott to join him. All that’s left to do is have a child tap the blanket and tuck Nott into bed.
This is usually where I like to offer suggestions on how to improve an app, but I am in love with Nott Won’t Sleep. There were plenty of places this app could have gone wrong from language, text, music choice and storyline, to technical performance and difficulty of completion of tasks for young users, but all of those areas were executed perfectly. All I can come up with here is a desire to see more apps from this developer. If Developlay can achieve another beauty like this, then they have a fan in me as well as my son who has enjoyed this app three nights in a row.
Cynthia wants a stuffed Nott to sleep with because of this app. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.