Jane Jensen’s Pinkerton Road studios is probably the last developer you’d expect to create a super kid friendly animated storybook, but that’s the reason why Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure is so solid.
Utilizing Jensen’s signature fantastic art sense and storytelling ability however, Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure is an educational storybook app that your kids will adore. Small usability issues aside, it’s a journey your pre-school or young reader will enjoy. Even a gamer will admire the time and effort that went into the production of the app.
Getting kids to enjoy reading is no task. With so many different things to keep them away from books, an app like this that rewards them for closely reading and enjoying the story, should not be ignored.
While there are plenty of educational apps out there, not many of them possess a fun and deep story. This is where Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure literally separates itself from the other dogs in the digital yard. Lola and Lucy are adorable bulldogs who live with a loving and happy family. But things change quickly when they meet up with their other K-9 friends, who all have jobs. Upset that they have no “bulls” to push around, the duo trade in their comfortable lives and go on an epic journey.
While the story is undeniably cute, the best part of the app are the mini-games on each page, or after them. Doing everything from catching butterflies to solving puzzles, they require your child to count, use reasoning skills and simple look around the beautifully designed pages. At the same time, some of the click-able entries on the screen don’t always work. Sometimes, a refresh of the page fixes the problem. Other times, it’s a restart of the app. While it doesn’t hinder gameplay dramatically, small children will know something happened. For that reason alone, it’s an issue or two that needs to be addressed.
Those qualms aside, Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure is the type of app that sets up Pinkerton Road studios for years to come. It’s a new niche for them and one that they’ve proven they can succeed in. With such a deep respect for the genre, the polish and passion is evident in the app. A sequel could signal the beginning of a fun new franchise.