A surprising number of our best CSS websites are dedicated to an Android app website or iPhone app. Whether this is due to the superior programing skills of their creators or simply to an industry-wide preference for CSS websites, we cannot tell. However, here is another excellent CSS website dedicated to an iPhone app.
Website Reviewed: stoneskipper.com
As with many apps’ websites, the homepage shows a screenshot. This one also offers links to videos of the game being played as well as the necessary legal stuff—credits, where to buy, etc. The main characters are shown in the header along with the usual navigation bar. The rest of the website is light blue to represent the water that the stones are being skipped across.
One of the things that we like about this website is that it tells us exactly how the app in question is being used. It is a game played by holding your iPhone like a rock and then flicking your wrist as though you are skipping a stone across water. The ‘About’ page humorously reminds you not to throw your iPhone in the process, a reminder that the less intelligent among us might actually need. However, knowing the mechanics of the game made us more interested because our thumbs and forefingers are getting sore from all that Super Mario Bros.
Most apps don’t give nearly enough information, even on their websites. We have to give this one props for giving more than enough and organizing the product website in such a way that we could easily access all of the material quickly and easily. This website was made for the modern technology consumer.
Creativity: 3 stars. This website is more about function than creativity.
Ease of use: 5 stars. Not only is the website designed so you can easily access information, the information itself is easy to use. How to play the game is shown in several ways: through screenshots, video, and written instructions.
Functionality: 4 stars. This website offers a link to the iPhone app store for purchasing the game as well as a link to iTunes for those who are interested in the soundtrack. However, very little other information is provided. While credits are shown on the appropriate page, you cannot find Facebook or other social networking links for the creators or the game itself. Some of the names on the credits link to personal websites, but a larger web presence for the game itself would help build the brand—an important step as the designers claim that more games with the same characters are in the works.
Content: 5 stars. The content is easy to read and contains just the right amount of information.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. The theme of the game as well as the personality of the characters is shown throughout the website’s design, making it easy for people to see at a glance whether this is the right app for them.
Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars. Overall, this is a great CSS website that hints at the quality design of the app it represents.