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Monsters vs Superheroes Comic Book Maker

Monsters vs Superheroes Comic Book Maker

Fall 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 & Up
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

The Monsters vs. Superheroes Comic Book Maker app has the potential to be used and played with in many creative ways. It lets little comic book creators combine a background and stickers into an action-packed comic-style scene. They can then record a story and animate it using the stickers. The stickers and background options are adorable and well-designed. There are a lot of stickers to choose from, which is fun for repeated use, even if it is initially a bit overwhelming. Parent involvement seems necessary in the beginning to help the kids limit their sticker selection and to help with story construction. That said, kids quickly mastered the concept and made stories up on their own. These stories can be saved and replayed later.

The more people that played with this app, the more voices and characters we could use to tell the story. It provides a nice opportunity for kids to play together or to co-play with parents and to practice taking turns. Since only one character can move at a time, we each picked a character to voice and took turns speaking and moving. This was a great opportunity to improve upon inhibition skills, sharing skills, and working together to creatively make up a story. With so many characters and backgrounds to choose from, the opportunities for repeated play and extended play experiences is high.

Our only criticism is that most of the stickers are male characters. Though Duck Duck Moose does offer a Princess Fairy Tale Maker game which has almost all female characters, it would be nice if there were more of a mix of characters in this version too. That said, this is still an original and well-priced app that will be great for boys and girls ages 4 and up. For a more a similar, but gender neutral, version of this app, consider Duck Duck Moose's app Draw and Tell.

Alexis Lauricella   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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