'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' - Best apps of October 2012

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1It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
(Developed by Loud Crow Interactive)
Available for: iOS, Android
Price: $2.99

A year after transforming the classic holiday television special A Charlie Brown Christmas into a stellar storybook app, Loud Crow Interactive returns to tackle another animated Peanuts perennial with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, once again introducing multimedia enhancements and touch-enabled interactions that expand upon Charles M. Schulz's original Halloween tale.  

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown follows the round-headed kid as he endures a series of trick-or-treat humiliations while sister Sally and pal Linus Van Pelt stand vigil for the mythical Great Pumpkin, the Halloween analogue to Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Like A Charlie Brown Christmas, the app unfolds like a digital pop-up book, combining tablet-ready features like touch-and-drop objects that spring to life, a Peanuts character design tool and virtual pumpkin carving alongside original dialogue from the 1966 broadcast and new narration from actor Peter Robbins, who originally voiced Charlie Brown all those years ago.

The overwhelming majority of App Store critiques against It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown knock its reliance on in-app purchases, which is something cost-conscious consumers definitely should consider prior to download. Even so, it's an innovative digital experience worthy of the Peanuts brand and Schulz's enduring creative legacy, so if you can get past the IAP tricks, it's a real treat.