Riley and the Magic Laundry Basket

Riley and the Magic Laundry Basket is a wonderful story about a toddler who falls asleep in his mom’s laundry basket and dreams of a fantasy world filled with animals and magic.

The story takes Riley through various scenes with text describing the scene.  Tapping on the various characters in the story causes the to speak and in some cases effects to happen.

The story book plays as you would expect.  You swipe to change scenes and tap on objects to make things happen.

The first time I went through the story, I had my sound off and that was a mistake.  Without the sound, the story really doesn’t do too much.  Without the characters speaking to you, you miss a lot.  If you want to entertain your child with this in a situation where they need to be quiet, it won’t be as effective.  Likewise, the text needs to be read by and adult or an older child who probably would be past the education level this story is aimed for.

My main ding on the game is the text.  The font is small on an iPhone, but the bigger issue is the color.  The text is yellow and does have a thin gray stroke on it, but when that text is over top of busy areas or lighter areas, it becomes hard to read.  I think a darker stroke on the text would have helped the readability of it.  Still compared to some apps that are using mega-tiny fonts, its not a real problem.

The story seems a bit short for an adult, but for the age group this is targeted for, its probably just about the right length.  I would have liked to have seen a few more animations so the story would have been a little more entertaining when the sound is off.

iTunes link:
Category:Story Book
Developer:Chris Danielson/Monkey Prisim
Developer Website:
The artwork is outstanding.
Each character had multiple sounds to keep it entertaining.
Exactly what you would expect in a story book.
An entertaining story book.

From the Developer


‘Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket’ now available at the Apple App Store

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 13, 2011) – Monkey Prism today announced the release of Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket, a new interactive children’s book for toddlers. Available for $1.99 in Apple’s App Store, Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket features the wonderfully vivid illustrations of artist Nina Rouselle De Polonia and rhyming text and sound by Chris Danielson and Nic Danielson.

Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket contains 10 beautifully rendered story pages, each bursting with a myriad of touchable objects – all of which trigger fun and entertaining sounds that encourage the child to explore Riley’s magical world in her search for the Cupcake Palace.

“As the father of a 13 month-old girl, I wanted to put together a book that doesn’t overly focus on complex TV-era animations, but instead encourages parent/child interaction through reading and discovering”, says Chris Danielson, Monkey Prism CEO. “In short, a digital book that exemplifies exploration, imagination and most importantly, fun.”

Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket is the first in Monkey Prism’s new series of “Touch & Explore with Audio” children’s books.

Features include:

Spectacular and original full-color illustrations.
Interactive touchable objects give encouraging and fun audio feedback.
Hidden animations placed throughout.
More updates to come!

Pricing and Availability:

Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket is available for $1.99 at the iPhone App Store.

Monkey Prism was created in 2010 to provide fun applications for mobile entertainment consumers. Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket is the follow-up to their successful release of the official “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” application.

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