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Pyramids 3D for iPad App Review

Pyramids 3D for iPad App Review

Being the last of the Seven Wonders of the World still in existence, the Pyramids really are something that should be seen before you die. Anyone can look at a picture of them but to truly appreciate the sheer magnitude and, well, wonder of them, they really need to be seen in person. The exact method of their construction is something that historians still argue over and when you see them, you’ll understand why. Of course, not everyone can afford a trip to Egypt but fortunately, a new iPad app does a very good job of emulating the experience as best as it can. Pyramids 3D is available now from the App Store for a more affordable $13.99.

Pyramids 3D takes you on a detailed 3D guided tour of the Egyptian pyramids, all from the comfort of wherever you happen to be when you use it. Start up the app and you find yourself at the Giza Plateau, although as is almost certainly not the case in real life, you can fly around it here with some careful manipulation of the iPad screen and view the Plateau and everything in it from every angle. This is fun but the real attraction is the ability to explore the features there.

The Sphinx is an obvious one and we have been gifted with a 360 degree view of it, complete with a detailed description to go with it, but the real pleasure comes when you opt to explore inside these structures and there is a good selection on offer. As well as a decent view of the exteriors, we can also go inside eight tombs and explore them in full 3D. As you make your way around the hallways of these tombs, with extra access to areas that are inaccessible in real life, a voice guides you through your tour. The tombs have been meticulously recreated based on photographs and real life measurements for accuracy. The exploration aspect can provide hours of fun but there are also 3D models of a wide variety of objects that can be found in these tombs, with accompanying descriptions.

In addition to the visuals, there is also a whole book included with twelve chapters covering everything Giza has to offer that will tell you everything you need to know. The book is fascinating and informative and has also been enhanced with over 350 HD photos to illustrate it.

Pyramids 3D is as good as educational apps come. Combining photorealistic representations of tombs, which are great fun to explore and a whole wealth of knowledge, this is one of those apps that really puts the capabilities of the iPad to good use and gets the balance right between educational and entertaining. It may not offer the authentic experience of seeing the pyramids first-hand but it makes up for this by providing its own experience that offers the virtual tourist a lot more freedom. Anyone enthusiastic about history should check this app out.

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