With Monsters University set to open in movie theatres on June 21, naturally there's a renewed interest in the movie that started it all, Monsters, Inc. Now would be a good time to refresh you kid's memory on the characters in Monstropolis, what they do and what they're like, so that when they watch the movie, it will be like seeing old friends again. You can do this by watching Monsters, Inc with your kids or reading the book. Or you could enjoy the best of both worlds and download the Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe app for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod Touch.
The cool thing about Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe is that you can read through the story just like with any book, but like other Disney Storybook Deluxe apps, you can record yourself reading the story and your child can play it back. There's nothing a kid likes more than feeling independent because he's "reading" a story all by himself! What's more, the story is sprinkled with fun animated clips with character voices straight from the movie for a more immersive experience.
Another fun activity to enjoy while reading the story is to collect virtual monster cards. Have your child keep an eye out for bright yellow scream canisters. When she finds one, have her click on the canister and she gets a card added to her collection!
Once you collect a monster's scare card, you can use that monster to play the Simulator Room game. From the app's home screen, click on the "Play" door, choose your monster and choose your level of difficulty.
The Scare Simulator Game is exactly like the one in the Monsters University Storybook Deluxe app (which has 5 versions of the game compared to just one version here, but remember that this app came out first!). Players have to navigate through a room full of obstacles by tilting their device to move around the obstacle.
If you hit 3 obstacles, your game ends. If you make it all the way to the end of the room before hitting 3 obstacles, you get to yell into the screen, fill up a scream can and terrify the Simulator Child!
You get points based on how many objects you hit and your level of difficulty.
As an added bonus, if you own both the Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe app and the Monsters University Storybook Deluxe app, you get to unlock a whole new set of monster cards in the Monsters University Storybook Deluxe app! The photo below shows our Monsters University monster card collection. All the virtual cards in the bottom row are cards that can be unlocked in the Monsters University app when you own the Monsters Inc.
With the Scare Simulator game and the virtual monster card collecting, Monsters Inc. Storybook Deluxe makes a refreshing change from the usual puzzles and coloring game extras found in other Disney Storybook Deluxe apps. If your child is a Monsters Inc. fan, this is one terrifyingly cool app!
Disclosure: I received a download code to review the app. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.