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Richard Scarry's Busytown HD

November 10, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A game based on the Richard Scarry's print books ...

I really wanted to love this app ... I loved the Richard Scarry books as a child, particularly pouring over their detailed illustrations to see every little funny and creative detail. This app, however, is a much less free form experience, with a game that has the reader look for a specific item in each room's scene. While it is fun and very engaging for children, as an adult who enjoyed the print books, I found the app somewhat underwhelming overall.

The app is solidly made with simple arrow page turns between game activities. The game is also nicely narrated and very intuitively designed. I suspect if I'd had no previous experience with the print books I might be less disappointed. My little boy really enjoyed this app and I did appreciate how the app chooses a different object for the child to find every time you choose a new room to explore.

Overall this is a well-made game app with the timeless appeal of Richard Scarry's illustrations. Young children are rewarded for paying attention to detail and become more familiar with lots of common objects found in each room.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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Richard Scarry's Busytown HD

November 10, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Richard Scarry

Night & Day Studios, Inc.

Length (time):
15 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5

English •

Length (pages):
6 Pages


Story Synopsis - Richard Scarry's Busytown HD

This game, based on the Richard Scarry books, contains several rooms to explore and find objects. The rooms include: Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Grocery Store, Playground and Firehouse.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Home, Set-up/Play, Credits, Music On/Off, Feedback On/Off, Save Game On/Off, Help, Links to: AppStore

App Release Date:


Size: 121.15 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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