Picky Kid Rating: 4.4
Simple but charming, this story with limited interactivity is perfect for bed-time. There is a lot to like about this app: Adorably animated animals and creatively constructed scenes, a soothing British male voiceover and subtle sound effects. Interface elements are intuitive; a “back” arrow to the main scene which children can explore by touching different areas. You may turn the narration off or autoplay the story.
I have to admit though, it’s not much of a story… If you are expecting a “book”, you won’t find it here. Nighty Night! is more of a game (where children turn out lights to put seven different animals to sleep) that begins and ends like a book.
All said, this is one of our favorites. (We don’t want you to think we’re going to rate all apps so favorably!)
One slight UX hiccup: When the narration is off, it takes too long for the “conclusion” screen to appear. The Picky Kids love the conclusion and are impatient to see it when they don’t hear the voiceover.
Nighty Night! has limited educational value, but enough going for it to keep us playing.
Review: Nighty Night! iPad app,
Played on: iPad 2, iOS4