November 25, 2013

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving interactive storybook app from Loud Crow Interactive

In time for Thanksgiving 2013, Loud Crow Interactive has released another interactive storybook app based on a classic Peanuts television special. Not surprisingly, that new title is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which retells the story of and recreates scenes from the 1973 show on tablets and smartphones.

The read-along app features narration by Stephen Shea (who performed the voice of Linus in animated specials from 1971-1975, including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) together with dialog and music from the show. In each scene, the characters are animated and readers can poke, prod, and pull objects to make different things happen.

The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving app currently sells for $5.99 and is available for iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches from the Apple App Store, for Android devices from the Google Play store, and for Kindle Fires from the Amazon Appstore.  For more information, visit one of the store links, or Loud Crow's website.

This is Loud Crow Interactive's fourth app based on the Peanuts TV shows; the previous interactive storybooks are A Charlie Brown Christmas; It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; and Charlie Brown's All-Stars. The Thanksgiving app seems to be aimed at younger readers than the earlier ones; previously, you had to experiment to find the hidden actions in a scene, but for the most part, the new app shows you exactly where to tap and drag. (There are still a few hidden bits, but not many.) This may be good for younger kids, but in my opinion, it makes the app less entertaining for older readers.

The good news is the Thanksgiving app is free of in-app purchases, which blighted Loud Crow Interactive's original release of the It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown app. To their credit, Loud Crow has since released an update to the Great Pumpkin app including all the former in-app purchases for free instead.

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