Almost more game than book, Bats!: Furry Fliers of the Night often feels more like a museum exhibit than a textbook. Developed by Story Worldwide, the app was built using the Unity game engine, and incorporates some 3D linear navigation, like flicking through a 3D forest, while keeping the app size small (96 MB, a fraction of some space-hogging kid books).
The focus is narrow--yes, the app's all about bats--but it's expertly researched and detailed thanks to Mary Kay Carson, a children's book author and science expert. The six distinct chapters feel as interactive and graphically attractive as those touch-screen kiosks installed at museums: a few challenges and hidden items sprinkled ... [Read more]