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Ease of Play
It's easy enough to use the app to follow the story, but the moving text boxes (which can be an interesting visual aspect) might pose a challenge for younger readers.
Products & Purchases
Banner ads run across the top of the screen throughout. It costs $.99 to disable the ads.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Aesop in Rhyme: Hare and Tortoise - Auryn is a retelling of the classic fable that uses a distinct and interesting animation technique. The scramble of still black and white lines on the screen never actually move, they only appear to when a series of black bars moves past them. It's an optical illusion, which kids may be intrigued to learn about. Parents should be aware, though, that the free version of this app has constant banner ads across the top of the screen, which -- if clicked -- will take kids to a marketer's website. To remove the ads, you'll need to pay $.99. If you choose the free version, disabling Internet browsing while your kids are using the app will prevent accidental web surfing.
Is It Any Good?
The retelling of the widely known fable in AESOP IN RHYME: HARE AND TORTOISE is done in a fun, classic-feeling manner. And kids can read along with the narration. The optical-trick animation effect is pretty neat and interesting at first, but may not be compelling enough to keep kids riveted through the whole story. The tale is relatively short, though. The banner ads across the top of the screen are not too ostentatious and actually pretty easy to ignore, but it is possible to accidentally tap them, launching yourself into a web browser window.
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