Scary, isn’t it? You know -- the thought that you might miss out on some of the pre-release hoopla before Disney brings Pixar’s "Monsters University" to the big screen June 21.
Well, turn those screams into laughter, kids, because Disney Publishing recently released a "Monsters University" iPhone and iPad app that will allow you to have some laughs with Mike Wazowski, James P. Sullivan and their monster friends in Monstropolis before the "Monsters, Inc." prequel is out.
"Monsters University Storybook Deluxe" features animated enhancements, interactive artwork, video clips from the film and characters' voices from the flick, as well. It's designed for kids ages 6 to 10 and is available for $6.99 at the iTunes app store.
As a feature-rich storybook app, “Monsters University Storybook Deluxe” allows users several options for learning the story of how Wazowski and Sullivan first met in their college days long before the familiar plot of Disney Pixar’s 2001 film release, “Monsters, Inc.” Users can read on their own or listen to the narrative as it is read to them.
The interactive elements of the story aren’t terribly sophisticated, but they will offer youngsters -- especially younger ones -- a fun way to engage with the story. As with most other Disney storybook apps, this one is easy to navigate with page-swiping actions and visual prompts.
And, if you want an advance look at the film plot before “Monsters University” is released, this app will reveal much, so beware spoilers.
Aside from the app’s narrative components, though, it also has other features and games. These include:
- A collection of 3-D, first-person games in which users try to earn points by scaling walls and avoiding obstacles before delivering a scary roar. If you love obstacle games, you’ll love this app since there are a collection from which to choose. A few other game types would have rounded out this iOS app a little more fully, but what's offered will keep kids engaged with both "easy" and "hard" levels.
- A feature to create your own Monsters University ID badge with your own photos.You can take a photo and enhance it with a collection of monster visual effects. You even can choose your Monsters University major and badges for extracurricular pursuits.
- A chance to accumulate game rewards to collect “Scare Cards” of various monsters and to place on a trophy screen. The rewards are easily seen and collected as the user navigates the narrative.
The app features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman and others in the film.
There's little doubting that the app is a promotional device for the upcoming movie, but it also has enough features to engage young users repeatedly and, perhaps, even help very young readers improve their reading skills.
Take it from Mike Wazowski: While you’re waiting for the film’s release, this is one game to keep an eye on.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun