Parents' Guide to

StretchyBand

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Making music with a real rubber band would be more fun.

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STRETCHYBAND is an app that lets users manipulate sound by imitating the way rubber bands make different noises based on how they're plucked. There are various synth instruments (like horns, keyboard, and guitar) that are presented as small on-screen bands that users pluck by tapping or dragging their fingers on the screen, or shaking the device. While it's a neat concept, the range and variety of sounds that can be made is disappointingly lackluster, and users have surprisingly little control over how the bands themselves behave. There are plenty of apps for manipulating sounds in fun and quirky ways; in this case, kids might be better off playing with a real rubber band.

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