Little Red Riding Hood is a classic tale that almost everyone knows. It’s tough to be original with such a well known story, but that’s exactly what Nosy Crow has done with Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow. We know the story of Red’s visit to grandmother’s house, and running into the big bad wolf, but there’s more to it than that this time around. Nosy Crow has set-up a choose your own adventure within the structure of the original story. Red sets off in the usual style, but along the way she comes across forking pathways that leads to facing new characters and interacting with mini-games.
There are eight different routes you can potentially lead Red on, and each pathway leads to collecting three different objects. The objects are instrumental to the final scene between Red, and the Wolf, and the ending plays out differently depending on which objects you collect. It’s such an imaginative idea that truly does give a new twist to such a tried and true tale. The entire journey is delivered through an interactive storybook experience that includes hundreds of interactive touch points. In fact, the app includes iOs specific techniques including the ability to tilt to change perspective, breath into the microphone, and of course touch everywhere. The entire app does a great job of connecting to the reader, and can really immerse them into the adventure.
The art design is also superb, and there are great animations to each character. The storybook comes to life below your fingertips, and that includes optional narration with enjoyable voice work by child actors. It all combines together for one finely crafted experience, and all of the little things are essential to make a new app based on a well known story, stand out. As soon as you reach the ending, you will want to go back to the map to collect different objects, and that aspect delivers more depth than most storybook apps on iOS. The ending doesn’t alter that much, and only the third object actually changes anything beyond animations, but it’s nice for the choice to be there.
Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow ($4.99, Universal) breathes new life into an old story while delivering an immersive experience that is easily worth the price of admission.