I recently purchased the “Discworld®: The Ankh-Morpork Map For iPad” app, because let’s be honest here, I’m that big of a Terry Pratchett and Discworld fanboy I’ll buy anything marketers slap the Discworld logo on. Believe me, I’m not bragging about that fact, I’m acknowledging I might have a problem.
The app wasn’t cheap as far as apps go at a whopping $14, but in my defense, besides my most likely unhealthy Discworld obsession (see fanboy disclaimer in paragraph above), the app is a work of beauty. The artwork captures the characters and streets of Discworld’s main city (and stage to many of Terry Pratchett’s books), with delightful whimsy.
The main map is a ‘living map’, when you zoom down, you can see the inhabitants perambulating through the streets of Ankh-Morpork, with the sounds of the city ringing out in the background. It’s really quite fascinating and I have spent a good five minutes watching the tiny figures as they make their way through the map’s highways and byways . . . and then I grow bored and turn the app off.
That’s the thing, I’m not really sure what the point of the app is. Oh sure, there are plenty of little informational blurbs, together with the ‘walking tours’, you can glean some amusing little tidbits about Anhk-Morpork’s locations and citizens. So yeah, the app is true to its name – it’s a fancy map. A beautifully crafted map, where if you’re anything like me, you’ll buy, look at a couple of times and then never again.
I’m not complaining, honestly, but at the risk of having my fanboy status revoked – would a tad more interactivity be too much to ask for? Just a thought . . .