Saturday, 29 June 2013

App Review: Stella and Sam

I just discovered this cool kids app called Stella and Sam Storybook. We kinda stumbled upon this app because it was one of those free for a limited time deals, so we decided to try it out.

The app itself tells a story of two kids Stella and Sam as they have different adventures in nature. Within the story are different mini-games and activities kids can play. Included in the app are 5 stories but you can add more through the app store.

I LOVE THIS THING. It's a very high quality app and you can tell the makers really put a lot of time and effort in all aspects of the app. First of all, the art style is amazing. It looks like a mix of pencil drawing and water color. The colors are bright and crisp. Everything just looks so fresh. In fact, it reminds me a little bit of the art style of Snoopy.

The voice acting is also top notch. Again, the best comparison I can think of would be the voices in Snoopy. Who doesn't love Snoopy?

Of course, there are the activities which again I found to be really well done. Everything was smooth and worked properly. The mini-games within the story were perfect for my 2 1/2 year old.

They had him do things like make a snowman, catch fireflies, trace the stars, fly like a butterfly, make footprints with different colors, things like that. It's worth noting too that aside from exercising his fine motor skills, the app also allows him to practice active listening by letting him memorize the sequence of musical birds.

At the time of this writing, the app comes with a 5 story pack completely free. Its regular price is $6.99 and I don't know how long it's gonna stay free so do get it soon. You can also buy more story packs at $1.99 if your child has already exhausted the 5 stories. But it'll take some time and the replay value of each story is not bad since the activities allow for variations like different puzzles, pictures and designs.

Overall, this app is a big win. It's just right for my son's age, it's beautiful, works flawlessly, the voice acting sounds natural and cute, I really love the art style, it's fun and engaging and the boy gets to practice fine motor skills, problem-solving, do art, active listening and memorization. And it's free for now.

Not sure if this is available for android but it is for iOS. Now if only they'd make a Snoopy app.

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