At Babies Gotta Have It we think that a little screen time is a-ok in moderation. Here, Kristin gives her review of the new Disney Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe and Hero’s Duty Interactive Comic apps! Enjoy!
It may seem from my reviews here on Babies Gotta Have It that my son is on the iPad every five seconds! But before you go questioning my parenting choices, you need to know that CW has an allotted amount of time on the iPad per day. It is not a ton of time. Usually it is the amount of time it takes me to put MD down for a nap. I make sure that the educational apps are peppered in there, but I do not have to guide him too much. He loves to do the interactive books, especially the Disney Storybook Deluxe versions of Cars, Toy Story, and Finding Nemo.
If you are new to the Storybook Deluxe versions, you are in luck! There is a new version! In preparation for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest 3-D animated comedy Wreck-It Ralph, Disney released two new apps — Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe and Hero’s Duty Interactive Comic. Now, CW was a little scared of the Wreck-It Ralph story…we just skipped some of it and went to the games. Later, I went back through and read along with the story – it includes cy-bugs that attack, which is what scared my four year old. I would say you just have to know your child. The app is rated for ages four and up by iTunes. My nephew was watching Star Wars and Transformers at this same age with no problems. He would love this app.
The app takes you through the story of Wreck-It Ralph, which may be a helpful tool prior to seeing the movie! It is interactive, and your child can click on the page in various places. But, CW’s favorite part occurs during the story when his face shows up in the screen (your camera captures him) in the video game with Ralph. At this point in the story, Ralph is encountering the cy-bugs as part of a video game called “Hero’s Duty.”
If you have an older child, it would be best to start with the Hero’s Duty Interactive Comic (rated for ages 9 and up). It is mentioned in the Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe story, and is helpful to understand the whole story. I chose not to allow CW to look at the comic, as there are weapons (used to kill the cy-bugs) and I do not want him to be exposed to that yet. The comic (a prequel to the Wreck-It Ralph story) includes interactive comic pages with original artwork, and two reading modes. At $1.99, it is great to have for older kids who want a little higher-level reading, or who really enjoy comics.
Although the Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe story did not capture CW’s rapt attention (mainly because he was a bit scared), the interactive game certainly did. In the games, CW can customize his own candy go-kart and race the kart in “Sugar Rush!” As you can imagine, CW loves the designing and racing aspects of this game. I particularly loved that multiple reading levels can read the story or children can choose word-by-word narration (with the original character voices from the movie). Plus, the fact that the child will see himself appear on the screen at key points of the story throughout the app is completely enjoyable for kids!
At $6.99, I highly recommend that you try the app before seeing the movie. Your kids will love Sugar Rush (the interactive game within the app), and meet all of the characters of Wreck-It Ralph so they won’t have to ask you a billion questions when you actually see the movie!
Kristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and little brother MD.
Kristin and her boys received Wreck-It Ralph and Hero’s Duty Apps free for purposes of review. As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone.