What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Imaginary Range HD is an interactive comic app that combines a manga comic with hidden objects and three mini-games. There is cartoon violence, mostly between human characters and a large mechanical beast. Some characters wear very revealing clothing but there is no sexual content otherwise. There are a few instances of potentially offensive language such as "hell" and "damn." The app contains links to other apps in the App Store by the developer. There is also a regular version for iPhone and iPod touch, also free.
Is it any good?
IMAGINARY RANGE HD makes use of the iPad in an interesting way, combining a manga comic with interactive portions that allow you to search for hidden icons and look for objects to complete the story. Although it feels like you may be able to change the story with different objects, the story itself is locked in place until you find the correct object to use. The story is somewhat confusing, with over-the-top battle scenes and giant weapons created by imagination. At certain key points in the comic, there are mini-games that must be beaten in order to continue with the story. Once you've read the story and beaten the games, you can play extended versions of three mini-games, as well as spend coins earned (in the mini-games and by finding hidden icons) for "scratch tickets," which will reveal behind-the-scenes sketches.
The games are fun but not spectacular. The app itself shows promise in the future of interactive comics, but your overall reaction will be determined largely by your preference for (or against) manga-style comics.