They at the moment have 9 volumes (apps) in whole, predominantly taking works from the macabre, gothic and horror genres, with authors Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Charles Dickens being significantly distinguished.
What’s an “immersive studying app”?
iClassics Productions is proud to boast that it doesn’t alter the unique textual content of the traditional tales they characteristic of their apps, however merely enrich the studying expertise with wholly unique illustrations, graphics, animations, interactive parts and an unique soundtrack and sound results. A typical software from iClassics Productions accommodates between 3-4 quick tales of the writer. For instance, iPoe Vol.1 (Edgar Allan Poe) accommodates The Oval Portrait, The Inform-Story Coronary heart, Annabel Lee and The Masks of the Purple Demise. All apps launched by iClassics Productions include the unique textual content in 4 languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. All apps are additionally accessible on the iTunes AppStore, Google Play and Amazon.
They’ve now created their most formidable, cinematic and animated app so far: The Interactive Legend of Sleepy Hole, whose launch was completely timed for the Halloween season.
This app accommodates just one, bigger story: Washington Irving’s traditional and quintessentially American Halloween story: The Legend of Sleepy Hole.
In iClassics Productions’ older apps, there was an over-dependence on moveable objects and parts. Nonetheless, this app looks like extra like a secure bridge between the cinematic and the literary, with far larger high quality animations than in earlier editions, and a extremely efficient and ambient soundtrack. Nonetheless, there might nonetheless be a discount of the typically needlessly moveable objects (shovels, maps, compasses, and so on.)
A main power of this app is the sheer high quality of the illustrations, which is very inventive. There’s additionally a seamless synthesis with such illustrations with the animated parts. Compared to earlier apps by iClassics Productions, the textual content additionally appears to be extra built-in with, and immersed in, the story, with efficient and layered transitions.
Nonetheless, though the textual content is extra built-in with the story than in older apps, there may be nonetheless room for larger integration. For instance, somewhat than simply layering the textual content with the objects and units of a selected scene, it may very well be fascinating to have the textual content seem from a component throughout the scene (an envelope, for instance).
There was quite a lot of buzz round interactive storytelling apps when the iPad was launched. Nonetheless, many fell by the wayside on account of extreme and gimmicky options. This app, like their different apps, is completely different. Certainly, given the top quality of the visible parts and illustrations, the entire package deal reads, feels and appears like a fusion of the literary and textual arts, all made attainable with fashionable know-how and cellular gadgets.
One other optimistic to the app is the useful “web page reminiscence” characteristic, which mainly means that you may exit the app at any second, and return to the identical web page as quickly as you re-open the app. You can too change the language at any time, and it’ll shortly and robotically change the language on the web page you’re at the moment at. This can be a very useful characteristic for this specific app, given the relative size of the story.
All in all, The Interactive Legend of Sleepy Hole is a high-quality, subtle studying expertise, and it’s evident that there’s a lot of expertise and creativity behind iClassics Productions. It is usually one in every of few high quality apps accessible in the marketplace that may be thought-about as being tailor-made for the Halloween season.
iClassics Productions’ apps are normally $4.99USD. Nonetheless, The Interactive Legend of Sleepy Hole at the moment has a particular launch value of simply $2.99, which is a steal when you think about the size of the story and the standard of the manufacturing.
Not being depending on gore or shock like iPoe and iLovecraft, this app is an ideal retelling of a enjoyable Halloween traditional, appropriate for the entire household in its place manner of studying this quick however traditional gem of the American literary canon.