The Gruffalo returns to the deep, dark woods with a state of the art augmented reality app!
Children can interact with all The Gruffalo characters in 3D – waving, stomping, flying, dancing and roaring - as they appear magically beside them.
These wonderful moments can be filmed and photographed to cherish later and share on social media with the hashtag #GruffaloSpotters.
The Gruffalo Spotter 2 has been designed for exclusive use at Forestry England sites. The app is free, has no in app purchases and requires downloading before your visit.
**We recommend you fully charge your device before your visit. To get the longest battery life whilst on the trail you could consider turning Airplane Mode on and Bluetooth off.**
The Gruffalo Spotter 2 has been developed for iOS 11 and later on iPhone (6s and above), iPad Pro and iPad 2017+. Previous versions of these devices will not be fully supported.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any technical difficulties.
Find your nearest trail at www.forestryengland.uk/gruffalo-spotters
Brought to you by Magic Light Pictures and Forestry England, The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app is cutting edge technology developed and animated by the award-winning Nexus Studios.
Based on The Gruffalo, the best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, families follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs for their favourite characters.
The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about the forest animals with fantastic activities along the way. Once families have spotted the characters, they can use the app to bring the 3D character animations to life, interact with the characters and film and take photographs of the experience.
Videos and photos are automatically added to the device’s gallery.
Taking family forest walks to new heights, the app mixes new technology with the real world, encouraging children to get exploring, firing their imaginations and giving them a forest experience like no other.
A Gruffalo Spotters 2 trail pack will be available to buy on site which includes an activity leaflet full of fun facts and activities, Gruffalo Mask and paws, a nature spotters game, stickers as well as a crayon and pencil.
For further details please visit www.forestryengland.uk/gruffalo-spotters
Bug fixes to resolve crashing issues.
Ratings and Reviews
Ok first two, kept crashing for last 3 footprints
This is a great idea and the graphics are super, when it works!
It drains your phone. I have an iPhone 7 and IOS 14.6. I started the walk with 80% battery and by the end had 20%, around an hour later.
The app found the first two footprints ok but had real trouble recognising the owl and snake, and then the animation kept crashing. My toddler eventually ran out of patience, and we moved on.
The app takes ages to load up and I found I needed to reload it each time we found a new footprint to get it to work, so you need to be ready in advance if you have impatient small children about. Also none of the gestures my children made were recognised by the app so we had to auto run the video every time.
Also, none of the photos I took saved to my photos. Thankfully my toddler didn’t ask!
App developers: what would be helpful is:
1) if it runs more efficiently in airplane mode, please add a note to the app to say this!
2) can you reduce the time the app takes to load?
3) if the phone has trouble recognising the footprint, could you add a function to choose the appropriate animation? It would have been much easier for me if I could have just selected it from a list.
4) please sort out the photo storage.
Crashes and drains battery
This app crashes all the time. I had a black screen half of the time around the walk. It also takes ages to find the footprint sign which starts the animation. This caused a backup of people waiting to do it which made it stressful. My battery was at 92% when I started and it was at 39% by the end - the walk took 40 minutes. A good idea poorly executed. This makes me wonder how bad the gruffalo 1 app was to have the need to replace it.
Developer Response ,
Hi, We're sorry to hear you've experienced technical problems using The Gruffalo Spotter 2. We are currently looking into them as a matter of urgency and it would be helpful to know which site you were visiting and what phone and IOS you use. If you have time to email us these details at email@example.com we can support you directly. Thanks, Magic Light
Needs a selfie mode
Tried this out with my little one in Fineshade Forest. I think it is probably meant to be either for slightly older children or, more likely, families with more than one adult and one child.
I 100% agree with other reviewers that this app needs a selfie mode - it would make the experience 10x better. My little one couldn't understand why I was asking him to stamp his feet or clap or dance or whatever because from his point of view he didn't have anything to interact with. (Also we didn't seem to have a "selfie" bit at the end of our trail so we didn't get that reward either.)
By the end of the trail he was beginning to get the idea and enjoying himself a bit more, but we still had problems with him standing in the right place (if he stood a little bit in front of the sign it would cancel the animation and we'd have to start again)
Both these problems would be solved if there was a selfie mode! I feel that maybe 2 stars would be a more accurate reflection of what I think of the app but we still had a nice day out so I'm being generous. It would probably go up to a 5 star review if the selfie mode was an option!
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- Magic Light Pictures Ltd
- 434 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with the Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.