Bottom Line: A child’s imagination can be boundless. In 1000 Adventures by Dada Company, kids get to explore the depths of one little boy’s imagination while he goes on various adventures. Not only do children get to follow along with the story, they also get to help transform the scene into a fun and imaginative adventure. With lots of creative interactions, sound effects and an upbeat story, children will not want to miss out on any of the adventures in this app.
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I love the little boy’s imagination and adventurous spirit in the app 1000 Adventures. He wakes up in the morning and announces he will go on 1000 adventures. Then his tale begins. Visiting his parents' room, the reader helps transform their bedroom into a jungle scene by tapping on different people and objects. The number of objects to transform is shown in the top left of the screen to allow the child to know the number of items left.
As the reader transforms the everyday items to match that of the little boy’s fantasy, the sound effects change as well as the images. The sounds of the dog barking and boy yawning are turned into jungle sounds. When all the items are transformed there is even additional background music to help fully experience the adventure. The sound effects and music are tailored to each page.
It is nice that exploring each scene is totally open-ended. A child can go in whatever order he wishes, or skip it all together. My son insisted on finding out what the dog turned into first thing on each page, which was fine. My daughter wanted to see how fast she could tap all of the objects. A child can stay on each page as long as she likes, even after discovering all the elements. Tapping on an already transformed object temporarily shows the original element.
The design and transformation of each page is detailed and wonderfully illustrated. This is a book app that goes beyond offering a digital version of a book with audio. The interactions and changing the everyday scene into that of the little boy’s imagination piece by piece is something that can only take place electronically. This app truly merges the idea of a story book with that of an app.
There were a few times it took a little effort to find the final object I was supposed to tap to fully transform the scene. It would be nice if there were hints available if the user takes too long to find where to tap. Perhaps the object could wiggle or flash a little to draw the child’s attention. The child is not stuck on a page at any point. A reader can turn the page even if each change isn’t found, but he misses out on the full transformation of that picture. I’ll fully admit, seeing the detail in each completed adventure really is worth any frustration at having to click around the screen.
The storyline itself is excellent, as is the audio. It would be nice if there was the option to mute the narration or sound effects in a settings tab. Early readers could enjoy getting to read the story themselves instead of always having it read to them. They could turn the volume off on the device, but they would lose all background music and sound effects.
Each page brings a brand new escapade. From exploring the jungle and riding in a flying car with a robot dog, to eating lunch with aliens from other planets, the little boy takes kids deep into his endless imagination. After playing, children can go and explore their own surroundings and test their imaginations.
Rachel H will be volunteering at her kids’ school book fair all week. She spends as much time shopping for books as she does helping the kids. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.