A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can express themselves creatively, and work on their storytelling and presentation skills.
Ease of Play
Could use a tutorial for creating puppets and overall flow. Directions are all written. Movement tracking is hit or miss.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Nothing inspires creativity quite like having full control over your art, and this app provides that for kids by allowing them to create and animate their own puppets and design the backgrounds. This isn't a perfect environment, as there's no way to edit videos or string several scenes together, but it's a cool change from canned video creation tools with limited characters and settings. And if kids aren't feeling quite so inspired, that's OK, too, as there are enough included puppets and backgrounds to design some compelling storylines. Designing a puppet may be confusing for kids, especially those on the younger end of the spectrum, and the directions are minimal at best. The camera-based controls can be somewhat glitchy, and the inability to move the puppets' legs make it less fun that it sounded, but the touch-screen controls were right on the mark. PuppetMaster is a wonderful creative option for kids who love storytelling and those who may need some more encouragement in that area. It gets bonus points for the lack of in-app purchases and subscription fees!
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