Last week DreamWorks released a new app for the How to Train Your Dragons franchise, and they’re sponsoring a giveaway for GeekMom readers. The DreamWorks Press: Dragons app is the first self-published story app from the new publishing arm at Dreamworks. It focuses on storytelling at three different reading levels, and it has brand-new material in the Dragons universe for your fangirls and fanboys to read.
I like the idea of getting each story with three different difficulty levels (although the reading levels are tied to age ranges instead of abilities, I wish they would reconsider that). The vocabulary gets more advanced, but it allows everyone in the family to read the same thing. You can have multiple profiles within the app, so each kid (or parent–Mommy got her own profile here) can get the experience at his or her own level. The graphics are clean, and the stories are narrated, fully scored, and full of sound effects. When Toothless shoots a flame, the phone vibrates. At first I missed hearing the voices of the actors from the film, but now I really like the Scottish narrator. There are several chapters of the story available when purchasing the app (at $4.99), and more chapters will be unlocked in the future (for $.99 each). That’s honestly more than I would normally invest in a kids’ app, but the new content is such a nice fix for your Dragons-obsessed brood. And it gets them reading. Future installments will have the option to name your character, name your dragon, and go on missions from Hiccup. And there’s a lot in the original purchase. Brand-new dragons are featured, and as you progress with the storytelling, you get access to other new goodies to play with.
To help celebrate (and purchase) this app, DreamWorks Press is offering one GeekMom reader a prize package including (1) $50 iTunes gift card and (1) pair of Kid Safe headphones. To enter, click the Rafflecopter link below. The contest will run until midnight ET on Monday, August 18th. Then a winner will be randomly selected. a Rafflecopter giveaway GeekMom was given this app for review purposes.