It all starts with ten colored shapes sliding on the screen. Suddenly, a few strokes of a pen turn them into funny or poetic drawings. As if by magic, a tree grows, a cat meow, a little girl starts to dance… Here is “Oh!” a magic drawing app signed by Louis Rigaud and Anouck Boisrobert. Those two authors adapted their pop-up book “Oh! mon chapeau”, published by hélium, France, and its whole crowd of colored animals and characters. (UK title: “That’s my hat”, Thames & Hudson).
What do you see in a triangle? A race car, the tutu of a little girl, the raincoat of an old man or the wing of a bird. Let’s launch the game…
A short introduction shows us the mischievous shapes jumping out from a hat and lining on the left side of the screen. Here we go! Slide them with your finger to the center of the screen and “ding!”, the shape comes alive and a drawing appears with a light animation. Tap it, the diamond shape turns and the roof of a house becomes a kite. A thin horizon line cut the screen in two and give a new choice to the player. Above, shapes will become houses, airplanes, or Martians. Below, they’ll become characters, vehicles, or small dogs.
A short tutorial unveils all the possibilities of creation. Shape after shape, our screen becomes an animated scene and soon the creativity comes in. A pink moon or a green sun, colorful house roofs or a vibrant forest, a funny traffic jam or a ball of joyful characters.
Surprise when you turn the tablet, the whole scene appears in portrait layout. Up and down become left and right. Another picture come to life with a light music created by the bunch of drawings moving before our eyes.
Once the scene is finished, you can take a picture to keep a copy on your device or send it to a friend.
The whole game was developed and animated by Louis Rigaud. He also made the music. Anouck Boisrobert draw the illustrations. They both imagined and worked on this project for two years. They now distribute it on their own. They have decided to let the player choose the price of the app. To make it accessible, download is free, then, player can pay what he wants via in-app from 0,99€ to 9,99€.