A serviceable retelling of “Snow White.”
The story is mildly enhanced by some interactive features in this just-average app. It is told simply, in just 11 panels. The cartoon illustrations are passable, although Snow White herself has a manga look, which doesn’t quite match the backgrounds and other visual elements. An icon of a life preserver in the upper-left-hand corner is available to help viewers find the interactive features on each screen. The most compelling features are on the screens in which the witch consults her magic mirror. There are candelabras that light up and fade out, the witch’s face disappears from the mirror and is replaced by Snow White’s, and viewers can hand the queen a cloak and hat to turn her into the old witch. An entertaining gem-matching game can be found on the screen where the dwarfs are working in the mine. It may take some viewers a bit of trial and error to learn that they need to “color” in the screen to make the prince appear when he kisses Snow White and she awakens. All-screen navigation is available on each page. Written text and optional narration can be Italian, French or English, and the music can be turned on or off. The narration, music and sound effects are adequate. There is also a voice recording option that works well.
Solid but ultimately undistinguished. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)