Back in Time
Educational, but strangely old fashioned. We expect more from iPad apps these days
Back in Time Review
by on November 25, 2011
Back in the ’90s, before broadband took off, multimedia CD-ROMs were all the rage. These clunky discs combed text, images and video in a groundbreaking way, but they never really took off.
Now we’ve got the iPad, these sort of apps are seeing a second life, but be warned, times have moved on and it’s not enough to produce something that looks like it’s fallen through a wormhole from 1995 anymore. Sadly, that’s exactly what Back in Time is.
Starting with the simple analogy that the universe is only 24 hours old, you move the hands on a clock back to travel to different moments in time and find out all about them.
You can go right back to the birth of the solar system, the Milky Way and life itself. It’s educational, and we’ve got no problem with the quality of the information presented, it’s just not very inspirational.
Text appears in a long scrolling window divorced from images and video, and you could get a lot of this information by simply trawling through Wikipedia. rnrnFor the price, we expect more. We think the developers should take a look at Richard Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality to see how science can be presented in an engaging app.
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