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Make Beliefs Comix (Ad-Free)

Make Beliefs Comix (Ad-Free)

Spring 2016 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 13 yrs.
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Make Beliefs Comix: Create Your Own Comic Strip, modeled after the website of the same name, lets users choose from over 51 characters in multiple poses, over sixty objects and backdrops, and a variety of colored backgrounds to create two-, three-, or four-panel comic strips. Once the comic strips have been created, users can review, edit, save to the Camera Roll, or email their creations. The app encourages creativity and imagination, and can be written in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin or Portuguese. The completed products are high enough quality to be used for homework projects frequently assigned in middle and high school classes. Comic strips can also be shared via email or social media channels. Parents should note that the free version has fewer characters and features and includes ads.

Our reservation is that there is steep learning curve when initially using it. And, there is limited on-screen help or guidance. Although we applaud and encourage child directed learning, the absence of instruction and tutorial was more than a little frustrating for younger users. However, after mastering the learning curve, this is an entertaining, versatile and educational product with excellent long-term play value. And at $1.99, it's a heck of a buy.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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