The Witch With No Name is an interactive storybook, made for children. The story is about a witch and her bat companion, who are trying to make a name-finding potion.
This game is basically the best interactive storybook I’ve ever seen. Now, true, I have only see one other interactive storybook, when my little sister was in preschool. But The Witch With No Name blows that other game out of the water.
The game has all the standard features you’d expect for an interactive storybook. You can play with or without narration (depending on whether or not the player can read), and you can skip forward and backwards through the book whenever you want. It has full animation, and you can tap on random things in the background for fun, smaller animations.
The is a legitimate game, too. There are six or so simple minigames that little kids can easily enjoy, such as “two-button Guitar Hero” and “tap on the shiny fireflies.” There’s an adjustable difficulty setting, too, in case you’re having trouble. I could easily see a preschooler replaying one of the minigames over and over again, for twenty minutes.
The other thing that makes the game stand out is the gyroscope feature. If you tilt your iPad screen, the background of the game will move along with you, creating a cool-looking 3D effect with the animation. Combine that with the minigames, and you’ve got a game that takes full advantage of the iPad’s various capabilities. Sure, some people might call it gimmicky, but the target audience certainly won’t mind.
The Witch With No Name is pretty much a sure bet, if you’re looking for a game to entertain your young child for at least twenty minutes. I don’t have any children, but if I did, I’d probably get this for them. It’s only five dollars, the same price as the other interactive storybook I know of. I guess that means it’s not overpriced for its genre.
A review copy of this game was provided to us by the publisher.