Numberlys is a new interactive storybook from Moonbot studios that tries to tackle the possibly never-before-told origin story of the alphabet. Moonbot does have some clout in the world of animation, as it was co-founded by William Joyce, formerly a designer for Pixar. The story contains 18 interactive games, a few movies, and some great black and white animation reminiscent of science-fiction classics like Metropolis and Flash Gordon. The terrific visuals give it a broad-based appeal, but Numberlys really shines as an engaging book for younger kids to use to learn, explore, and play with the building blocks of language.
Numberlys, which is available for both the iPhone and iPad, is a little pricey at $5.99, but fans of Numberlys’ throwback style just might be enticed enough to give it a shot.