My Little Pony: Story Creator

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Creativity may be stifled by pressure to buy and pop-up ads.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice reading along with the narrator and telling their own stories.

Ease of Play

Controls are straightforward overall; kids may not understand everything but will likely be able to figure it out.


Link to an in-app page of the publisher's other games with the option to buy the app or watch the trailer. Links bring up a year-of-birth parent gate. Ads for these games also pop up during play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Story Creator allows kids to create animated sequences using their favorite My Little Pony and Equestria GIrls characters. The free app only includes Twilight Sparkle (as a pony and as a girl). Additional characters cost $5.99 for Equestria Girls, $6.99 for ponies, or $9.99 for the full collection. Expect pressure to buy because all of the characters are shown, so kids will likely want them. No reading is required, but kids can read along with the narrator as words are highlighted. There are intermittent pop-up ads for other games by the publisher. Though it's meant for younger kids, the purchases and ads make it less kid-friendly. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

MY LITTLE PONY: STORY CREATOR offers kids the chance to create animated sequences using their favorite My Little Pony and Equestria Girls characters. There are two modes: Friendship Stories and Create a Story. In Friendship Story mode, kids choose a main character and setting. They listen/read along as the narrator reads a story with their chosen character. The story pauses and kids are able to create an animated sequence to continue the storyline. They can even record their own voice and sound effects. The narrator reads more of the story and then pauses again two more times for kids to add in a "co-star" (minor character) and props before recording additional scenes. In Create a Story, kids choose a setting, characters, props, and music to create their own animated tales. They can add several scenes to their movie. 

Is it any good?

Kids who have played previous My Little Pony games will likely enjoy the creative freedom to script their own stories, but the consumerism puts a damper on the creative fun. My Little Pony: Story Creator puts kids in control, which is a change of pace from the linear play some of the apps have shown in the past. The free-play mode, in particular, gives kids space to follow their own imaginations. It's still a limited animation experience, however, and older kids may continue to feel restricted. The characters have little movement and there are no ready-to-use sound-effects or animated props.  The pop-up advertising is also an unfortunate choice: Even though they trigger a parent gate, they'll still leave kids requesting to buy more content. My Little Pony: Story Creator will appeal to young fans and give them a creative outlet. Older kids may be less impressed. Either way, parents should expect pressure to buy all the ponies and girls. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using your imagination to tell stories in apps like My Little Pony: Story Creator. How can you come up with ideas for your animated movies?

  • Discuss in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?

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For kids who love storytelling and creativity

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