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Room on the Broom: Games

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This app is based on the award winning book and film of the same name "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson that is wonderfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room on the Broom tells the wonderful story of a good hearted Witch and her Cat who collect friends onto their magical broom – first a Dog, then a Bird and a Frog. It’s pretty crowded but the Witch doesn’t mind. When she needs help, the friends repay her generosity and save her from the fire breathing Dragon whose favourite food is Witch and Chips!

The apps eight mini-games are based around the book and feature games such as creating dot-to-dot star shapes, finding items mentioned in the book in the wind, finding items within a landscape, getting the dragon to eat chips and much more.

The app is suitable for the recommended ages 6-8 but will also entertain a much wider audience of younger and older children.

It is worth noting that this app does not contain very much narrative of the story on which it is based, but this app will be loved by those who are fans of the book.

Teacher Review

This app is based on the award winning book and film on the same name "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson and is wonderfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Upon opening the app the user is presented with stunning graphics and music in the immersive style of the book. The app developers can be congratulated on how the app reflects and captures the original books style and feel. The app works well on tablet as well a mobile device.

From here the user has no in-app or verbal instructions The user is encouraged to find out what to do. Swiping to the left will reveal the first game.

‘Join the Stars’ – This game asks the user to join the stars to create an object that is associated with the story. This is a relatively easy game and eases the user into the app. There is a lag in loading which can be a little frustrating and younger users sometimes found the witch difficult to control. Once the stars are collected the user is given a choice of which object it has created. There is a return home button in the top left that also reminds you of the game objective. This is available in all games. Again some verbal instructions may be needed when first played. To achieve a higher medal than a bronze in this game you need to create more pictures. It may have been better to award higher medals for completing the picture quicker or guessing before all the stars are connected. The music and animation is excellent.

‘Find the Hat’ – This game asks the user to find an object buried by the dog in the forest scene. Areas of the forest will shake to suggest places to look. Each time you guess incorrectly your score goes up. We are unsure of the levels of medals here, as the game is totally random and there is no skill that the user can improve to find the object is fewer attempts. The fewer attempts the user makes the better the medal. It really is just luck.

‘Windy Day Collecting Game’ – This is by far the best game in the app. This really helps hand eye coordination and complex motor skills. You have to collect the objects as they sweep past in the wind, collect the golden leaves to achieve a better medal. Once again the graphics and music are truly immersive.

‘Find the Bow’ – It was a slight disappointment that this game is a repeat of the ‘Dog wagged his tail’ game, the only difference being the scenery. This game asks the user to find an object hidden by the bird in the scene. Areas of the scene will shake to suggest places to look. Each time you guess incorrectly your score goes up. We are unsure of the levels of medals here, as they game is totally random there is no skill that the user can improve to find the object is fewer attempts. The fewer attempts the user makes the better the medal.

‘Find the Wand’ – Once again this game is similar to the previous two mentioned. Our users found this very repetitive and although the graphics and music are stunning it may disappoint some.

‘Drawing with Stars!’ – This is by far the hardest game to play. We were unsure what to do on the initial screen. Tapping the wand removes the stars into the cauldron. You can add stars and get the witch to fly on their path. Once the user has pressed the icons they may recognise that a picture needs to be created. We tapped the home button in the top left for further instructions. Some of our younger users found this game challenging. Using more stars to create a picture awards higher medals.

‘Dragon Loves Chips!’ – This is one of the games we truly loved. Move and tap the dragon across the screen to collect and scoff the chips. Beware – if you eat an item other than chips you will get the dragon to burp and sometimes loose a chip. Although a little tricky to move at times the graphics and gameplay are great!

‘The Magnificient Broom’ – this is the last game in the series and features the broom and all the characters. Users are asked to fly through the night sky and capture letters to create the word displayed. We loved this game which has great graphics and sound. The broom is a little difficult to steer at times but if you miss a letter it will soon appear again.

Overall this app is a true delight and will be loved by fans of the bestselling author. The graphics and music are beautiful and capture the true essence of the original book. However some users may find the app lacking in variety and quite repetitive. It’s a shame that the app does not include an electronic version of the book or some narration which would make the app more appealing. This app could be used to accompany the book for further learning and to develop fine motor skills of younger users.

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From the Developer

Play, explore and fly through the sky with Witch, Cat and friends!

***BAFTA NOMINATED GAME - Interactive Adapted category at Children's BAFTA's 2014***
***Great technical support - if you are having difficulties please email hello@roomonthebroom.com***

8 magical, fun-filled games based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

“Magical” Native Monster "A must-have app” The i Mums

Ideal for 3 – 7 year olds, the beautiful Room on the Broom games are designed to inspire creativity and learning while giving hours of fun for everyone.

Collect medals as you:
• Fly from star to star creating amazing pictures in the sky. What picture will you make?
• Help Cat to catch things which are flying past in the wind. Watch out for the squirrel!
• Help the Dog, Bird and Frog find things the friendly Witch has dropped…
• Create your own beautiful star pictures – move the stars, change their colours and fly the Witch between them!
• Help the Dragon eat his favourite food (but make sure he doesn’t eat anything else…)
• Steer the ‘magnificent broom’ through the night sky, catching magical letters in this creative literacy game.

No in-app purchases.

Room on the Broom tells the wonderful story of a good-hearted Witch and her Cat who collect friends onto their magical broom: first Dog, then Bird and finally Frog. It gets quite crowded but Witch doesn’t mind. And when she needs help, the friends repay her generosity by saving her from the fire breathing Dragon (whose favourite food is Witch and Chips!) As a special reward she creates a ‘magnificent broom’ with seats for them all.

These games are brought to you by Magic Light Pictures, producers of Oscar nominated films 'Room on the Broom' and 'The Gruffalo', as well as 'The Gruffalo’s Child'.

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