By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 05/27/2010
This summer (or anytime), when your youngsters say "I'm bored", have them check out The Reading Game from LegendApps.
The app itself is not something you read. Rather, the app encourages kids to read their favorite books and come back to the app to mark off how many pages they have read. As milestones are met, rewards (funny sounds, animations, etc.) are unlocked.
The app's custom graphics are beautiful and even though the app is not compiled for the iPad, they render well in the 2X mode.
The best part is, for a limited time, the app is 100% FREE so there's no reason not to pick this up for your young readers who might need an extra incentive to read or just appreciate a little reward for doing what they would do anyway. My oldest daughter loves to read but now she keeps the iPad at her side and updates the app when she completes each chapter! And my youngest daughter, who needs more of a 'push' to read, is enjoying the rewards!
The interface is well done, with one exception that I hope the developer will address (I've been in touch with them, and they are very responsive). When you enter numbers, it's unclear that you have to click outside of the number pad to be able to submit your entry. The interface is otherwise so beautiful and original that the iPhone numeric keypad is a bit 'jarring'. I would recommend a custom number keypad.
The developers are also working on a related app (Reading for Kids) that will help motivate kids to read by offering parents advice. That app will also be free, so visit http://www.LegendsApps.com and support this well intentioned developer.