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The Little Mermaid - Auryn



Sad and dark original tale with beautiful art, atmosphere.

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Ease of play

The app is simple and easy to use.


No violence is depicted visually, but this is the original Hans Christian Andersen version of the tale, which has some very gruesome moments: The witch cuts the mermaid's tongue off, the mermaid's sisters try to convince her to spill the prince's blood with a huge knife, and [SPOILER ALERT] the mermaid dies.


Though it is not sexual in nature, topless mermaids are depicted in the painted illustrations. They are young (i.e., undeveloped) mermaids.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Little Mermaid - Auryn is a storybook app that retells Hans Christian Andersen's original, dark, and sometimes gruesome version of the classic fairy tale. Be aware that there is violence in the story (though none depicted in the illustrations) and that the ending is extremely tragic.

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As an interactive book, Auryn Inc.'s version of THE LITTLE MERMAID is not overly interactive, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Basically, you get the story (which is dark, but classic), read beautifully by a great narrator, and accompanied by absolutely gorgeous illustrations from artist Lisbeth Zwerger. But there are some lovely atmospheric touches added in, too: You can tap water anywhere to create ripples, or drag your finger along the screen to stir up a school of fish. There's a nice setup in which a page of text is followed by a full-page illustration, and you can choose to stay and follow the text until the narrator finishes the page, or skip past to the picture, so you can admire and play with it while you listen to the narration.

App details

Release date:February 25, 2011
Publisher:Auryn Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Kid, 12 years old October 13, 2012

Sad Story Dissapoints Fans Of Disney Film

Look, I know that the book was made before the movie made by Disney, but it's incredibly dark and would likely send a little kid into depression. Most children have watched the Disney adaptation before reading (or hearing about) this book, and then naturally invision Ariel (the disney princess) as the little mermaid in this E-book. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem, but this story is DARK. The poor mermaid gets her tongue cut off by the sea-witch, she starts bleeding excessively when she gets legs, feels excruiciating pain whenever she walks or dances, and finally dies. If that weren't dark enough, the ending is by far the most devastating ending to a childrens' book: The little mermaid becomes a daughter of the air and has to do good deeds for 300 years. Oh, and if she finds a bad child, she has to cry for one day and do an extra day for every tear.
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Too much violence
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