A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The tutorials provided are very thorough and the controls relatively simple to learn. However, the app's biggest flaw is in its touchy and twitchy system for resizing and placing images.
Violence & Scariness
The app does offer options of adding some scary or monstrous characters into your stories, but there's nothing inherently violent in the app.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Story Patch is a fully loaded story creator that allows kids to exercise their imaginations. Kids who need help with their ideas can use a "guided" story creation mode that will ask questions of the child and help him put a tale together. There are numerous images that can be used to create custom illustrations, but it should be noted that the controls for placing, moving, and especially resizing the images can be a bit glitchy at times. Kids who can already read will find the app more useful.
Is It Any Good?
STORY PATCH lets kids fill the blank pages of a virtual book with their own words and custom-created illustrations that they can piece together from a vast library of images. It's a brilliant idea and especially effective in the way its "guided" mode helps kids work through writer's block by probing for ideas. Building the illustrations by layering several character and object images over a background of your choice is also fun and fulfilling. Unfortunately, kids can get frustrated by some glitchy controls. It's too easy to accidentally move part of a picture if your hand brushes against the screen. And trying to get a character to the right size (for perspective) can be a real chore -- a little pinch or stretch of your fingers can quickly make the image either grow or shrink far more than you want. With an update to fix these little issues, Story Patch can be a truly great kids' app.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.