"The course of true love never did run smooth."
A new, exciting, multimedia approach to learning and teaching Shakespeare’s plays - Shakespeare In Bits brings The Bard’s most popular plays to life through magnificently animated re-enactment, full audio and unabridged text in one comprehensive package.
Handy in-line translations for antiquated phrases and words are literally only a touch away, along with full study notes for every section, analyses, plot summaries, cast biographies and relationships - everything that you need to make understanding and appreciating Shakespeare attainable.
Enjoy this magical romp through one of the Shakespeare’s funniest plays as he blends several comedic styles. A royal wedding in Athens sends four young lovers and a motley crew of amateur actors into a fairy-filled woodland where they fall under impish manipulation. Could this be real or is it a dream after all?
This Shakespeare In Bits presentation delivers up to three hours of beautifully animated film, along with professional recordings by Warren Mitchell, Michael Maloney and Sarah Woodward, and features the complete unabridged play text.
The Bard hasn’t been this easy to enjoy in over 400 years!
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THE APP STORE:
Shakespeare In Bits: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth
Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet
Shakespeare In Bits: Julius Caesar
Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
-Completely Unabridged Play Text
Understand and appreciate the linguistic richness of Shakespeare’s plays with the original play text, broken into easily digested ‘bits’. In-line translation helps you to understand difficult words and phrases within the context of the original play text.
-Hear it, See it
Each title includes hours of high-resolution animation with professional audio soundtrack, helping you to decode and comprehend Shakespeare's fertile prose quickly and efficiently. The text, presented side-by-side with animated action, is easy to follow with portions of text being highlighted as they are spoken in the play. The integrated combination of text, audio and graphics is designed to facilitate learners of varying abilities and learning styles.
Biographies for each cast character can be accessed from the main play or through a dedicated cast feature. An illustrated character relationship map demonstrates key characters and their inter-relationships in the play.
-Ace that Exam
Each Shakespeare In Bits title provides a wide selection of integrated analyses and study notes for each scene to help you understand plot summaries, key themes, language, imagery and quotes from the play. An easy-to-navigate visual scene selection menu is also provided to help you to quickly get familiar with the play’s sequence of events or to jump to your scene of choice.
-Single purchase – multiple devices: each play purchased can be downloaded and re-downloaded on any of your iOS devices.
-A side-by-side main play view that presents the animations and the text at the same time (iPad) or swap between the text and animation with ease (iPhone)
-Fully unabridged animations and text
-A text highlight feature, that highlights the current line of text being spoken in the animation
-The ability to take your own notes (iPad only)
-Simple navigation through all of the features in the play.
-Minor text fixes
-Updates for iOS 12
Ratings and Reviews
Highly Deceptive In-App Purchases
First the UI is very very buggy and unintuitive - that’s a story in itself.
The worst though is this: After you purchase and download plays, it will invariably “lose” these. Reinstalling only gives the message “Failed to verify receipt”. Information on the MindConnex website said to uninstall/reinstall the app, then go through the motions of actually purchasing these plays again, but at the last step (where it would normally charge your credit card) it will actually tell you that you have already paid for this app, would you like to download it again? Of course you should say yes.
Today it happened yet again on my son’s iPad. I uninstalled and was about to reinstall - but this app is no longer found when searching the iTune store? So I went through the motions to buy this particular play (I was going to get them all) - only this time I was charged a 2nd time for it!
Highly unprofessional, especially considering such a high price compared to other iTunes apps.
I attempted to buy this as an in-app purchase. I was charged for the purchase but was never able to complete the download. I had to search using the iPad and purchase it…again- I paid twice.
gold standard for quality multimedia app
I wish I had these Mindconnex apps back when I was in school!
I've bought all 3 of them and like to show them off to people who wonder what's so great about having an iPad. They're the perfect way to really understand Shakespeare's plays. It helps so much to have professional voices act out of the play while watching the animated scenes. And I love how easy it is to tap on unfamiliar words and phrases and have them be instantly turned into the modern equivalent. With the help of the Notes, I understood all the inside jokes and historical references that I never would have figured out for myself.
$15 is a lot more than most apps cost, but when you realize that you're getting such a highly-produced multimedia treatment of one of the English language's finest plays, it's easy to see why I'm eager for their next one. Try out their free Lite version of Romeo and Juliet and see how cool it is to be "in the know" with Shakespeare.
- Mindconnex Learning Limited
- 606.6 MB
Requires iOS 12.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2019 MindConnex Learning Ltd.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.