Teddy's Night

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Some wonderful interactive bits, but an uneven story.

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Ease of play

Using most of the interactive elements is quite simple (the only exception being a block stacking mini-game that can be a bit tough to keep balanced). Hotspots are clearly pointed out on each page. However, the text is not highlighted as it is spoken, which may make following along more difficult for beginning readers.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

One page depicts both the little girl and her teddy bear on toilets. By tapping either of them, you can make them loudly fart and giggle.

Language
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Consumerism

The last page of the book is an "also available" ad for the companion app, Teddy's Day.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Teddy's Night is an interactive adaptation of the children's picture book, What Does My Teddy Bear Do All Night? by Bruno Hachler. The story surrounds a young girl who can't get to sleep herself because her teddy bear wants to keep playing instead of going to bed. There is one bathroom scene, in which both the girl and her bear are seated on toilets -- kids can make the two of them fart loudly and continuously by simply tapping the characters onscreen.

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The animations and fun interactive elements of TEDDY'S NIGHT are just as good as those of its predecessor, Teddy's Day, but the actual story of that first book was much cuter and easier to follow. This sequel has a sweet concept, but the telling of it is a bit disjointed, and certain scenes even appear to be out of place (the bear takes a bath after a scene in which it is in bed). There's also a juvenile farting scene, which kids will love, but some parents won't. Teddy's Night really shines in terms of its interactive elements -- they are really pretty awesome. As in the first Teddy app, you can draw a crayon picture and actually have it hang on the wall in the illustration. You can play the stripes on the wallpaper like the strings on a harp -- and pluck out real songs, too! You can build with the blocks that the girl in the story uses (keeping your structure balanced is a bit of a feat, but fun nonetheless). All those imaginative features, plus excellent animation, make this a good app, even if the book itself could be better.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$7.99
Release date:December 23, 2010
Category:Books
Publisher:Auryn Inc.
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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