Arthur's Story Maker: Pirates

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about storytelling and imagination, though this app is mostly just for fun, with some very basic ways kids can contribute to Arthur's story through limited prescripted choices. 

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Just listen to the instructions and options, then tap on desired choice.

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There's a Get More Arthur Stories icon on the app's main page, and at the end of the story, if a player taps More Stories, a message about More Arthur Stories on ... Curious World appears. Tap Download Free and there's a parent gate. Answer the math question properly, and you're moved out of the app and into the App Store where you can download more stories by this developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arthur's Story Maker: Pirates is a storybook app that involves kids in creating the story. The main character is from the popular kids' TV show. Kids get to be Arthur's "co-author" by dressing the pirate character, choosing the name of the ship and its route to the island treasure, and more. Then kids can watch and listen as the brief story unfolds with their details included. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To begin ARTHUR'S STORY MAKER: PIRATES tap Start. Choose a costume for the pirate character (played by Muffy) in Arthur's story. Then choose a name and sails for the pirate ship. Draw a path on a map for the ship to the treasure. Fill the treasure chest with items you select from the options. Then tap "Start Story." Watch and listen to Arthur's story, which includes the details that you chose.

Is it any good?

Many Arthur fans will think it's pretty cool that they can help their favorite aardvark create pirate stories, but it may be too simple for some. Arthur's Story Maker: Pirates is so simple and brief that it plays more like a promo game for Curious World's main app than a stand-alone game. The adorable options, fun pirate themes, and familiar characters make this storytelling app worth a play session (or two). But it doesn't live up to the high-quality, witty, educational content fans have come to expect from Arthur. Still, it's a fun (and free), mildly educational game that many kids will enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how details in stories can change the story. What if you give the pirate ship in Arthur's Story Maker: Pirates a friendly name vs. an angry name? How does that change the story?

  • Ask your kid if they'd like to make a story of their own. Encourage your kid to be the author, not just the co-author, of imaginative stories.

  • To increase the educational value of this app, discuss common themes in storytelling. Talk about some of the common objects and themes in pirate stories that you see on this app, too. Why do pirate ships often have symbols on their sails or flags? Why do so many pirate stories involve hunting for treasure?

App details

For kids who love storytelling and creative apps

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