a child cannot be kept indefinitely apart. Most mums have realized the value of this interactive piece of gadgetry for education and appropriate entertainment for today’s kids who are seemingly born knowing how to use a mouse. Such parents are on a search for interesting, enjoyable and stimulating apps. Khoya, with stunning illustrations and animation, is one such fantasy adventure kids 10 and above will be swept up by.
At the same time, through the vibrant visuals, interactivity sound effects in the course of the
story, a strong environmental message goes out without seeming like a discourse. They are sent on real world quests, like the one where they have to collect seeds, take pictures of them, and upload them on to the iPad. The lovely illustrations are accompanied by long swathes of text, which to me is the weakest link in this otherwise glorious app. although the story is very interesting, somehow the style of writing is not completely able to connect with the magical feel and flow of the rest of the elements of the story. One yearns to get back to the images and animations. But that said, Khoya is a wonderful exploration of how technology can intersect with art and education to give children an inspiring experience. We’re waiting for the second part to come out!
The app was created at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. It was Illustrated by Shilo Shiv Suleiman and written by Avijit Michael.