Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes App Poster Image

Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes



Modern twists enhance classic, but core story remains same.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very easy to navigate through as kids simply touch the arrow to turn the page. Some pages are built for interaction, such as opening the window to toss out the magic beans or outfitting the hero with his costume before climbing the beanstalk, but they're not necessary.

Violence & scariness

The giant, of course, stomps into his home in a menacing fashion: "I'll grind his bones to make my bread!" he says, as part of his rhyme. The angry giant also carries a spiked club, which smashes into a cuckoo clock if you tap it. There is also a sword leaning up against the wall.

Sexy stuff

The giant doesn't wear a shirt.

Not applicable

Tap the "More Apps" button on the main page to see other products from the same company.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jack and the Beanstalk - Mindshapes serves as a modern interpretation of the classic tale, but it more or less follows the same story. The story, dialogue, and artwork are ideal for kids of all ages. The giant isn't meant to look too scary, as he wears sunglasses and falls asleep at the table.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Is it any good?


The version of Jack and the Beanstalk you read as a child probably didn't begin with Jack playing video games, nor did it let you interact with objects on the page -- but you can expect both in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK BY MINDSHAPES. The core story remains the same: Jack sells the family cow for magic beans and climbs the thick beanstalk into the sky; he faces off against a giant and escapes with valuable goodies to help his family out of poverty. But now you get to chop the beanstalk down by swiping your finger, the giant has "fum" tattooed on his knuckles (as in "fee fi fo fum"), and you can tilt the iDevice to have Jack soar up the beanstalk.

As with most other children's books on the iPad, this tale can be read by the child or parent, or a narrator can read the book aloud. With the latter, the words are highlighted when the narrator says them. Tap Jack and other characters and items and see animation and hear comments -- but be forewarned Jack's whiny voice is a little annoying after a while. The combination of e-book, audio book, and games will likely give this app some longevity, and the sleek animation, music, and sound effects are also worth noting.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:July 25, 2011
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Size:37.70 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

This review of Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Family Media Agreement