Barefoot World Atlas Review – Travel around the world without having to put your shoes on!

On August 21, 2012

App Type: Uncategorized

Barefoot World Atlas Review – Travel around the world without having to put your shoes on!

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By: Touch Press

Version #: 2.0.0

Date Released: 2012-08-01

Developer: Touch Press

Price: 4.99

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Barefoot World Atlas is not only for map or travel nerds. If you always thought Geography was a boring subject, then think again. With Barefoot World Atlas, the human population has been placed globally on a virtual scale, with an extensive catalog of places and people.

Barefoot World Atlas takes you on a tour around the world, a 3D stereoscopic virtual tour that is. As with all atlases, users are presented with a world map that they can manipulate around. This beautifully rendered map comes in a semi-globe fashion, which can be dragged around much like the style of Google Earth. Along the many continents are hundreds of flags, each representing a country in the world. This is where the interesting part comes.

Upon tapping on a flag, users are flooded with extensive information of the area they have chosen. Details such as the current temperature, time and even the population size are given, which is further broken down by age group. The app also allows users to find out how far away they are physically from the chosen location. Moreover, Barefoot World Atlas also gives details on the cultures and animal life found in that area, each page coming with its own extensive list of details.

Essentially an encyclopedia about the world, Barefoot World Atlas is one app that will satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Priced at $4.99, it is rather expensive but is still definitely a great app nonetheless. While the only downside I could find was the sheer enormity of the file size, at 1.5GB, this is negligible and the content of the app more than justifies its price.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:N.A

Who Is It For:People who want to learn more about the planet we live on

What I Like:The interactiveness of the app and extensive amount of content

What I Don't Like:The file size

Final Statement:A portable encyclopedia in your pocket

Read the Developer's Notes:
Barefoot World Atlas is a magical interactive 3D globe that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet. This is a multi-language, universal app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The rich and beautifully detailed graphics take full advantage of the amazing new high definition retina screen.

?Geographer and BBC TV presenter Nick Crane is your guide, as you fly at will around a beautiful 3D globe created by artist David Dean. Explore the world’s continents, great oceans and changing environments. Meet different people around the planet and find out about their way of life. Encounter amazing wildlife, discover landmarks, natural features and famous buildings.

?This is an interactive atlas for the digital age. This engaging and educational app vividly communicates how all parts of our world are interconnected and reveals some of the ideas and initiatives that are helping to shape a sustainable future. Young children will delight in playing with the 3D globe and exploring its features; while older children can delve deeper to discover a wealth of facts and insights including live data for every country from Wolfram|Alpha.

Barefoot World Atlas is the result of a year-long partnership between award-winning children’s publisher Barefoot Books, and Touch Press, the people behind numerous Apps of the Week including The Elements, Solar System for iPad and March of the Dinosaurs.



‘The whole app is wonderful and though it's obviously aimed at children, it will prove to be just as diverting for parents.’
-The Telegraph, Shane Richmond

‘Barefoot World Atlas is one of the best exploration apps there is, with so much to explore in such an intuitive way. Anyone can enjoy using and learning from this app, and it provides a brilliant atlas for your household.’


Praise for the first version:

‘Geography has never been more addictive.’
– Ane_mone

‘Tapping any text box to have it read aloud is fantastic and keeps the kids entertained for hours! Great app all round.’
– calten35



• An interactive globe that children can spin, zoom and fly around
• Extensive Information on every country
• Hundreds of animated features to discover
• Innovative interface allows navigation by multiple routes
• Beautiful animated illustrations by artist David Dean
• Written text and spoken narration by geographer Nick Crane
• Hundreds of carefully chosen photographs
• An evocative soundscape with ever-changing music and effects
• Live country data from Wolfram|Alpha®
• Multi-language, universal app optimised for the retina display



English, Spanish, Catalan


The Barefoot World Atlas app is based on the acclaimed hardback atlas (Barefoot Books World Atlas by Nicholas Crane and David Dean) published in October 2011 and already in its fourth printing.


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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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