App Review: ‘iLovecraft Collection’
Recently, I downloaded the iLovecraft Collection app for iOS. The app contains three stories: “The Hound”, “The Window” and “Dagon”. With that said, let’s get right into the review, shall we?
The illustrations within the stories are very well done. Every artist has their own style, so I’m not one to judge. The art is a bit more on the cartoony side, but it works. The music and accompanying sounds are a great addition to the interactive experience. However, if you’re not familiar with the stories, I highly recommend that you pick up a book and read them before downloading the app. You do have the option to turn the sounds off, but nothing beats reading a story the way it was originally intended.
Overall, the usability of the app is fair. Most pages flip as expected, but there were some pages that I had issues with. Primarily, the pages that contained a large amount of parallax scrolling. The issue was that I could not turn the page, as if the parallax interactive field was preventing additional interactions. I was using an iPhone 6, but perhaps this issue does not occur on the iPad. The workaround to this issue is to bring up the menu and manually go to the next page.
Aside from the three stories, there are two extras that come with the app. One is a short biography of H.P. Lovecraft. Obviously, it isn’t a complete biography, but there’s enough there to get you started. The second extra is a sketchbook section showcasing the original pencil illustrations for the app. Being the art nerd that I am, I always enjoy looking at concept art.
If you love H.P. Lovecraft, I recommend that you spend the $2.99 and check it out. It’s worth it. We’ve all spent more money or less. Even if you’re not a huge Lovecraft fan, pick it up. If you have lived under a rock your entire life and have never heard of H.P. Lovecraft, pick it up. I would rather you pick up a Lovecraft book first, but a new cult member is a cult member for life. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!