Barefoot World Atlas Review – A Treasure Trove of Interactive Information

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Barefoot World Atlas Review

Apple have been pushing the iPad as an educational device since its launch and this is certainly the case for younger users of the device as more and more apps are introduced to the App Store to engage, educate and entertain children as well as adults.

One of the most recent to attempt to do this is Barefoot World Atlas from Touch Press who already have produced such iconic titles as March of the Dinosaurs and Skulls by Simon Winchester.

Barefoot World Atlas is a 3D interactive globe that highlight 100’s of different places around the world and the things, people and places associated to them.

The touch navigation is intuitive for any iPad user, you can scroll around the the globe with simple a swipe and zoom in and out with two fingers which are all natural gestures for the iPad. This is all done with subtle background music which changes up whenever you zoom in to any specific item.

Zooming in on any of the individual items will bring up a brief description of the item that can also be read out to you in a clear human voice rather than a computerized one. Many of them also include pictures, some of which are interactive, which you can view full screen. Most of them only have one picture and it would be nice to see more of them.

As well as just browsing around the world and selecting items you can also view lists by Feature, Region and Countries. Viewing regions and countries provide even more detail, for example you can find out the climate and weather of a region or information about its wildlife, environment, people and transportation.

Countries meanwhile provide detailed facts about the current time, distance from your current location, population, currency and much, much more. The whole app is a treasure trove of facts and information produced in a beautiful way that will appeal to adult and children alike.

Barefoot World Atlas is priced at $7.99 and it’s unlikely that you could find a paper copy covering such information so wonderfully for half the price.

[rating: 4.5/5]

What we like

  • Beautifully presented
  • Easy to navigate
  • A multitude of interactive information

What to know

  • More pictures please!

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