Duck Duck Moose earned its reputation by making colorful iOS apps aimed at pre-schoolers. Princess Fairy Tale Maker, their most recent release, is a universal app that encourages girls of all ages, and even their moms (!) to dream up and record stories using the included digital stickers and coloring sheets.
Despite its title Princess Fairy Tale maker isn’t just about princesses. There is typical girly fare such as ballerinas, fairies, and mermaids, but it also encourage girls to dream up scenarios beyond those prescribed in fairy tales. There are girls dressed in saris, kimono, and adventuring in caves, mountains, and even outer space.
The main screen gives users a choice between creating a fairy tale (or other) scene using stickers, or filling in a coloring page.
When creating a fairy tale scene there are a number of choices — castle, rainbow, beach, winter — as well as a blank page and the option to upload a photo from the iPad camera roll. After choosing a background the user can add a variety of princesses, fairies, ballerinas, animals, and other items to the picture.
Users can record voices for the stickers, then save the recording and picture within the app. Pictures can also be exported to the camera roll.
Designed for little fingers, the coloring pages feature lots of large spaces. Users can fill the spaces in with paint, fun prints, and even add animated glitter to their drawings. Users can also tap the question mark for surprise colors and effects. Little artists can use any of the stickers from the fairy tale scenes, and record their voices on the digital coloring pages.
Download Princess Fairy Tale Maker from the App Store for $1.99.
What I liked: The patterns and animated glitter options were a nice addition. Users can mute the music without silencing the sound effects, which makes the game much quieter to play. Recording voices for the characters is a great idea that makes the app more than a simple digital coloring book.
What I didn’t like: Recording voices and using the undo button are not as intuitive as the rest of the app, which may frustrate younger users.
To buy or not to buy: Princess Fairy Tale Maker is pink enough to appeal to the littlest future princesses while still showing girls there is more to childhood than sparkles, tulle, and medieval-styled cone hats.
- App Name: Princess Fairy Tale Maker
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Entertainment
- Developer: Duck Duck Moose
- Price: $1.99