Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker  by Oceanhouse Media – Review

Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker by Oceanhouse Media – Review



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What we love…

Great retelling of The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker music, OM features

Summary

A lovely Christmas book that encourages children to use their imagination and
introduces them to The Nutcracker

Our Rating

The Berenstain Bears and The Nutcracker is a new app by OceanHouse Media just in time for the holidays. In this story Brother, Sister, and Honey open their presents on
Christmas morning. Among their presents is a Nutcracker Bear which Papa reminds them is from The Nutcracker ballet they saw on TV. At first, the cubs weren’t too
interested in it, choosing instead to play with their new toys. It didn’t take very long for the cubs to get bored. With plenty of time before dinner, Papa suggests they
entertain themselves by using their imagination. The cubs think this is a splendid idea and soon find themselves lost in the world of The Nutcracker.

What I love most about the book is that it reminds us that the best “toy” we have is our imagination. Our imagination can take us to far away places, it never breaks, and
it never ends. With our imagination, even the simplest of toys can be the most exciting of all. As the cubs find out, time flies quickly when you use your imagination.

This is also a great book to introduce young children to the music and the magical story Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The beautiful music of The Nutcracker can be
heard in the beginning of the book and during the cub’s reenactment of the story. The Berenstians do such a great job of retelling the story I wouldn’t be surprised if
children asked to see The Nutcracker after playing with this app. This app comes with all of Oceanhouse Media’s fabulous features. It has three reading options (read to me, read by myself, and auto play), words are highlighted as they are read, pictures and words are interactive and are highlighted and read when tapped, and custom voice narration may be recorded by multiple readers which can be shared with friends and family via email. A newer feature in Oceanhouse Media apps is the age gate where children are prevented from accessing external links. This is achieved by requiring a two finger swipe in a specific direction. The direction changes each time and can be either to the left, right, up, or down.

The Berestains Bears and The Nutcracker is a great addition to any Christmas app collection. I highly recommend it.

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker
The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker
by Oceanhouse Media

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 47.75 MB

$3.99USD

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 The Nutcracker and The Mystery of The Disappearing Cheese by Quasar Alliance – Review

The Nutcracker and The Mystery of The Disappearing Cheese by Quasar Alliance – Review



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What we love…

the artwork shows amazing detail and vibrancy along with hidden interactivity on pages

What we’d love to see…

It would be nice if in the rooms page if there was a basket to collect everything into as well as showing it with the mouse .

Summary

Gorgeous app that really brings to life the Nutcracker as I remember it from my childhood.

Our Rating

Reviewed by Alison

The Nutcracker and The Mystery of The Disappearing Cheese by Quasar Alliance, Inc and AppyPup is a delightful Christmas themed adventure.  The app features a cartoon, interactive stories, classical stories and a tour inside Stahlbaum’s mansion where all the magic happens.  The app features six unique rooms for your child to explore including a room with the nutcracker, a room for baking, and the children’s bedrooms.  In addition, there is an integrated storybook where children can explore the interactive elements of the story and seven mini games.  The app is set to a rendering of Tchaikovsky’s enchanted ballet which is delightful.  Read our interview with Marina Litinsky to learn more about the history of Quasar Alliance as well as our review of their other app, Goodnight ABC.
My son loved the various rooms as well as the interactivity of the characters.  He enjoyed finding the hidden items in the rooms such as the roll of cheese, missing diary and the little girl’s shoe.  We also enjoyed changing clothes and playing with the army and trains.  The illustrations and musical accompaniment in this app  are top notch and the app is vibrant and colorful with lots of hidden interactions that you don’t always appreciate.  My son and I have played with the app several times and are still finding new things on the various pages.  The navigation for the app is simple, and I really liked the fact you could skip the intro so you didn’t have to watch it each time unless you wanted to.  In terms of the mini-games, my son enjoyed the letter tracing, the ornament matching as well as the counting game in the conquest.  Other mini games include: baking and decorating a cake, adding logs to the fireplace, driving a train as well as decorating a Christmas tree.  Each room was beautifully decorated and had lots of hidden surprises as you collected the various items for the Mouse.

It would be nice if in the rooms page if there was a basket to collect everything into as well as showing it with the mouse .   It might be helpful to provide writing of the story as it is spoken with word highlighting in a future edition.  Some of the mini games might be a bit hard for younger children and it would be nice to have two settings, one for younger children and one for older children.

This app brings to life my memories of attending this play as a child – and it is currently on sale for 50% off.  The artwork and music alone make this app nicely suited for adults and children alike.  I think this would be a great app for parents or grandparents to enjoy with their children.

 

The Nutcracker and The Mystery of The Disappearing Cheese
The Nutcracker and The Mystery of The Disappearing Cheese
by Quasar Alliance, Inc

Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 435.88 MB

$1.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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