Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition

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Classic tale makes for bloody, unique iPad book experience.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a certain level of challenge built into the reading of this book, wherein the reader is sometimes meant to be puzzled by exactly how he or she can reveal hidden bits of text. However, the solution will begin to glow in red, showing users who are simply interested in reading exactly where they should tap in order to move on.

Violence

The imagery and animation in this book are as bloody as they are imaginative. While much of it is atmospheric, some is more blatantly visual: Blood splashes onto pages; you, the reader, need to smear blood across one page in order to reveal hidden text. You don't get to see much of vampires actually killing anyone onscreen in the illustrations (although you do in shadow at times), but the entirety of the 1929 silent film Nosferatu is included in the app as bonus content, and there you will see the vampire attack and bite victims.

Sex

Women bare cleavage in illustrations. Vampires act to seduce victims before biting them. Nothing too graphic, though.

Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine is consumed. A pipe is smoked.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition is an only slightly abridged version of Bram Stoker's original horror classic. The story itself contains many frightening and violent parts, and the app visually presents creepy and bloody imagery. It is all in keeping with the original tone and spirit of the book. Also, be aware that the silent movie Nosferatu is included in its entirety as a bonus feature, and there kids will be able to see vampire attacks depicted in a more visceral and frightening way. An Orson Welles radio play of Dracula is also included, and is equally frightening in its own way.

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DRACULA: THE OFFICIAL STOKER FAMILY EDITION truly takes the reading of classic literature to a whole new level. The app genuinely involves the reader, asking him or her to open letters seen sticking out between pages, strike matches to illuminate dark pages, and even smear his or her own "blood" upon the page. It's a uniquely interactive experience, even among the many imaginative books available on iPad. The inclusion of a classic movie and radio play based on the book (both presented in their entirety) make this more than just an ebook, too -- it's a full-fledged exploration and celebration of the historical impact of a piece of canonical literature.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$542 MB
Release date:October 20, 2010
Category:Books
Publisher:PadWorx Digital Media
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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