Bottom line: Off to the Beach is a sweet, simple storybook that lets your youngster go on a beach adventure with Duck, Dog, and Bear. Your little one can explore a colorful world on each page.
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We begin our adventure Bear, Duck, and Dog all dressed and ready to go to the beach. What will the day bring? Each page is full of surprises and characters to meet. Young children will find that almost every item on each page is interactive and can be activated with just a touch. Seagulls can be sent flying and fish sent swimming, kites flying and buckets spinning. There are many things at the beach to explore.
Navigation is simple, with just forward and backwards arrows to take you to new pages or old. I could not find an option to go to the home page or to navigate to individual pages at will. There is no option for autoplay either, meaning that the app will stay on one page forever without advancing if not directed to. The text appears across the top of each page, with verbal narration coming with a simple touch. There appears to be no way to set the narration for automatic play.
Watch this app in action here:
Off to the Beach has many a lot of potential as a preschool storybook app, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
- Interactive elements on every single page.
- Bright colors, fun beach theme. Simple story and content appealing to very young users.
What I liked less:
- There is no way to navigate to desired pages or back to the beginning of the story without actually flipping through all of the pages to get there. There is also no way to set the story to autoplay. It would be nice if the readers had a choice.
- I feel like after one or two play-throughs the appeal of this app would be pretty limited to any kids older than the preschool set.
Overall I found Off to the Beach to be a cute, if somewhat limited, storybook app. Younger children, perhaps, might find playing with the interactive bits on each page to be entertaining and worthy of multiple replays, but I feel that most kids will become bored quickly and lose interest in the app due to lack of content. I’m awarding the app a three star rating.