The best free royal-baby-themed iPad and iPhone apps, offering the latest royal baby news, baby name suggestions and more.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has arrived at hospital having (reportedly) started labour, so Prince William is no doubt looking for something to fill his time for the next few hours. Perhaps we could respectfully suggest the following royal-baby-themed iPad and iPhone apps? Better than pacing the halls and emptying the nearest vending machine. (I speak from experience.)
Here, then, is our selection of the best, worst, silliest and most ridiculous royal-baby-themed iPhone and iPad apps. (If any grumpy republicans have somehow made it this far, in tribute to the Guardian and its 'no royal baby news' viewing mode, consider this our republican button.)
Royal Baby is Future's dedicated iOS magazine for followers of the royal offspring: it's free, but the app itself is just a container. You'll then need to download individual sections inside the app, and most cost 69p, although there is a free sampler. This is currently a little out of date, however, acknowledging that "at the time of writing, we still don't know the due date". It's also on the thin side, made up largely of archive material. So expect to pay if you want the good stuff.
This 2D endless runner appears to been thrown together quite… quickly, shall we say. The graphics are cut-and-paste jobs based on a couple of piece of clip art and an agency news photo, and the gaming mechanics are appalling. There are only two responses to obstacles - jump (or double jump to go extra high) and slide. Tall objects appear too quickly and you hardly ever have to slide. Avoid this one, Your Highness. (Especially considering that Temple Run 2 is free.)
Pushy as this is (it's packed with adverts and demands to upgrade to paid versions), Royal Baby Booth is actually quite fun. You select a royal to be one parent (only Kate and William are available without upgrading) and then select a photo from your library, or shoot a new one, then line up the eyes and mouth and adjust the skin tone to match. Then the app will spit out a photo of your victim beside their royal partner and freakish hybrid baby.
Fun, but the constant barrage of marketing messages can be wearing.
This reminds me of the monster at the end of The Fly 2
We don't really get this one. You need to sign up, first of all, providing a user name, email address and password. Once you're logged in, you can suggest a name for a male or female baby, vote for suggestions by others, and view lists of the most popular. It all seems a bit boring, mainly because other people don't seem to be voting for funny names.
5. Will & Kate
Finally, an app that really doesn't have anything to do with the new arrival at all, but it's coming up in related searches and has an app icon that looks like a baby prince. So if the royal baby is what you want, give this a miss.
For the rest of us, though, this is rather sweet - a retelling of the courtship of Will and Kate as a sort of fairy story for children (although some feminist or republican readers may feel that 'growing up and marrying a prince' or 'inherit the crown by merit of your birth' are not especially helpful fairly tales to be spinning to impressionable youngsters). And the baby does pop up at the very end, so there is that.
The graphics are charming (much of it is interactive, so you can set dancers spinning or corgis yapping with the touch of a finger) and your child can have the pages read out to them or tackle reading duties themselves.