While games can seem to overwhelm the App Store catalog these days, hybrid apps that incorporate storytelling and gaming elements are making an impression with some compelling entries. Moonbot Studios made its debut in the App Store’s Entertainment category last week with Numberlys, a charming universal app with a look heavily influenced by Fritz Lang’s classic science fiction film, Metropolis, that tells a story about how the alphabet came to be.
Here’s Moonbot Studio’s teaser video for Numberlys:
The app’s animation is top-notch and its characters are absolutely adorable. The interactive elements are mostly intuitive (and help screens, which are on by default, will pop up to provide guidance as well) and augment the experience. The entire story takes about 20 minutes to complete, making it an ideal bedtime activity for young ones. Numberlys can also have some educational value for parents with its walk-through of the alphabet.
Numberlys requires iOS 5.0 or higher and works on the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd-generation or higher iPod touch, and the iPad and iPad 2.