Who is the Ugliest of All by The Happy Dandelion is a universal Halloween themed app for iOS featuring an interactive mirror. The main character is a young girl who is trying to figure out what to wear to a Halloween trick or treat. This storybook app has the main character picking out a dress – which she admits is tight and stained is her attire of choice. She then puts on her stockings with a few repairs needed and mismatched socks of orange and teal as well as two different shoes – one grey and one brown. Then it’s off to makeup, nails and hair. Her hair has a raven nest with three small chicks and UV sunglasses to protect her eyes. Be sure to check out the other apps by The Happy Dandelion which include Queen Bee in Paris, The UnStealer.
This app features narration of the story – simply tap on the text to have it read aloud as well as a variety of interactive elements on each page. On the dress page there is a belt to tap, the dress which twinkles and disappears and then re-appears in the mirror. By tapping on the mismatched shoes – a new rip appears which is quickly fixed by a spider who you can later swing after she’s completed her repairs. Navigation is via hidden buttons at the top of each page – simply tap the left side to go back and the right side to go forward.
This app features the internal dialog of a girl getting dressed for Halloween. Join her as she finds her dress, puts on her mismatched socks and shoes while getting ready. My favorite part of the app was putting on her makeup because all of the colors made me laugh – green lipstick, blue blush and the magic marker eyebrows. The animations and illustrations in this app are great, I enjoyed tapping around (and tapping some things multiple times) to make sure I captured all of the various animations. Seeing the gloves with no tips against the green smile and animation was cute as you could interact with each element. The best though was the Raven’s nest in her hair – and the raven feeding her chicks with the worms! The app is for older kids and adults as some of the self talk especially when she refers to herself as ugliest can be a bit self depreciating until you get to the last page when you discover she’s dressed for Trick or Treat! On the last page you can unwrap a mummy, tap on Frankenstein, or make the magic stone glow. The app ends well when you discover that the girl was simply putting together a Halloween costume! I have to say that I have looked at this app multiple times – and it never fails to delight with the fun animations.
In terms of enhancements – it might be fun to dress some of the other characters on the last page or even to design her trick or treat bag,
This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror. Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready. The app is child-safe with no external links or in-app purchases.