A few apps that have inspired us:
Toca tea party created by TocaBoca has super gentle gameplay and was a very influential app for Hippotrix. Ben Fletcher Watson talks about it near the end of our blog post or this walkthrough gives a good representation of the actual experience, watch to the end to see how you clear the table and set a new one, as this gameplay (choosing your tablecloth etc) is great (only available on iPad)
Nightly Night is beautiful app that has resisted being converted into a vector based look. A simple app that delivers because it doesn’t try to hard. Download it if you are interested in where storytelling meets art in app development. Well done to the developers for updating (in 2020) available here Nighty Night (all platforms)
Publisher Nosy Crow recently pulled the plug on app development, their reasons flags the problems with the current app landscape (particularly for “book apps”) this video that explains how one of their apps, Red Riding, worked.
Yatatoy push things a little further with impeccable, inventive, artistic apps. Try Loopimal if you are a grownup checking for design quality, or get Miximal if you have young children and want something cheaper (only available on iOS)
Naturally we believe Hippotrix apps offer great play experiences – if you haven’t looked there is a list here we have not managed to update HippoSeasons recently, so take a look at our long but lush gameplay trailer to get the full experience from spring through winter.