Bottom Line: We're taught from an early age never to judge a book by its cover and this ageless wisdom holds true for this fun and highly interactive story about two friends who adventure through space to find each other. Snot & Fluff is jam-packed with little hiding places for a star hunt that works seamlessly with the story and parents will love the reasonable price tag.
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When Lisa told me I had a new app to review called, "Snot & Fluff" I thought she was joking. Lisa is like that sometimes but the joke was on me. OhNoo Studio created this app and surprised me with both the title as well as how intricate the illustrations and interactions are. The app is about two friends named Snot & Fluff who become separated and then enjoy an adventure through space until they are reunited. Children have their own adventure along the way collecting stars. The app opens to the title page and it sets the mood for the entire book because there is a lot going on. Characters are flying around, the screen has slight movement, and there are a lot of interactive elements to tap and see what happens like characters bouncing or making noises. Users have the option to click in the upper right corner for page selection, resetting the app, changing the language or turning music and narration on or off. This is also where children can see if they are missing stars. By collecting 88 stars (four on each page) a scene is unlocked at the end of the book. A good thing to know before starting is that the screen you see displayed isn't the full page. By tilting your device left or right, the rest of the scene is shown and interactive elements are available that help find stars. This little trick might be easy for some users to figure out, but hard-headed users like me had to stumble into that little gem of usability so I could go back and find all of my missing stars. Back on the title page users can also click to see more apps or see book credits.
There are 44 pages of story and 22 of those pages have star searches. This is not a book that will bore kids after a few pages. If selected, the story is professionally narrated and text is also shown. Text boxes automatically slide out of view on star-search pages, but can be pulled back out or listened to again by tapping. Pages are turned by pressing left or right arrows located at the bottom of each page and page selection is always available in the upper right. There really is a lot going on throughout this app. Each page is alive with activity and it's harder to find static images than moving and interactive elements. The illustrations are darkly gorgeous with a lot of reds, browns and yellows on some pages or deep blues, purples and greens on others depending on the alien worlds each character has landed on. The real beauty of the illustrations and animations is that they have chosen to ignore stereotypical space icons and have fused dreamy, fantasy inspired characters. For example, a hairy moon that smiles and wears a crown or a small fleet of broccoli bandits and an unhappy crescent roll king who had broken off the corner of his crescent in a hunting accident.
While tinkering, I found no bugs but I would like to see a few changes in future updates. When music or narration is turned off and the app is closed, the setting is lost and they have to be turned off again. Having settings stay Where I left them makes me a happy reviewer. I really would like to see some sort of hint for kids to know that tilting the device will help find missing stars, but that's not a necessity since exploring, tapping and discovering is the backbone of this app. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this gem of a story and had no issue handing it over to my kids to have fun with after I was finished finding all of my stars.