CONCEPT: Developed as a companion app to the David Attenborough TV series, this app helps you learn about several extinct creatures...as they come to life!
DELIVERY: The presentation of Natural History Museum Alive is superb. Similarly the content is presented Ina dynamic way and is detailed and engaging. You get the legendary Sir David Attenborough as a virtual tour guide giving you access and insight into some of the most intriguing exhibits which is priceless - especially for those who live too far from the museum to visit in person.
The app offers two modes. It opens in daytime mode where you can swipe between the various images of exhibits ranging from sabre toothed cats to the mighty Dippy the diplodocus. Some even include access to a 360° panorama so you really egg a sense of standing in the museum for real! All of the creatures have a an accompanying profile including key data and a timeline link to place the creature chronologically in relation to the other exhibits.
The second mode is the stroke of genius though. Swiping down on one of the exhibit screens enters night mode and the lights go out. Touch the screen though and you can control a torch beam and look around to see some of these remarkable creatures come to life! This is the same premise as the show but for those unfamiliar with the concept, it really is clever. It's that childhood dream of the museum coming to life after dark in action. The Attenborough narration kicks in for this mode which is expectedly excellent. Different data is also available from the menu at night including some images from the show, video clips and even 3D models of the creatures which can be manipulated via the touchscreen. There's even a security room with a bank of CCTV screens to watch out for movement from the exhibits.
LIMITATIONS: The range of creatures isn't huge. Also be aware that the exclusive video clips that are referenced in the app can only be accessed through visiting the actual museum to locate the codes hidden around the exhibits.
CONCLUSION: First class delivery, a wealth of information and a magical concept that will engage youngsters. A great addition to the App Store. 5/5
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