As if in answer to children (admittedly mostly boys) who cried, “What? Another princess app?!” the creative team at Duck Duck Moose released Monsters vs Superheroes Comic Book Maker HD. Much like Princess Fairy Tale Maker (Padgadget = 4.5 stars), Monsters vs Superheroes lets a pre-schooler record his own voice, bringing the app’s many colorful characters to life.
Whether a child wants to grow up to be the next Chris Ware or is just obsessed with “good guys and bad guys,” Monsters vs Superheroes lets him create as he plays.
Upon opening the app, a child can choose to make a comic book, decorate digital coloring pages, or view a comic he has already made.
While the app is simple to use, the number of options kids have is impressive. Think of an action-themed image — from Burt Ward-era Batman “Bam” “Pow” stickers to a pair of bright red underwear — and Monsters vs Superheroes probably has it. In addition to flying men in tights and aliens, there are also animals, trucks, and a great selection of accessories that will get a kid’s story telling juices flowing.
To create a comic, the user can begin with 27 different stock scenes, choose a blank scene, or upload a photo. Comics can also grow from the coloring pages. The stock scenes are great story starters. Kids can start a comic set practically anywhere in the universe from an alien landscape to an ant farm.
All of the stickers can be adjusted with simple touch gestures. Kids can also draw on the scenes with colored pencil or crayons.
Because kids can move the stickers while recording, the can create entire off-the-cuff scenes, then play those scenes back and enjoy what they’ve created. Encourage kids to press play and improvise with Monsters vs Superheroes, and they will be endlessly entertained.
Download Monsters vs Superheroes Comic Book Maker HD from the App Store for $1.99.
What I liked: Seeing apps that reinforce gender roles frustrates me; however, thanks to its wide range of backgrounds and huge variety of stickers Monsters vs Superheroes (and Princess Fairy Tale Maker), gives kids an impressive amount of choice. While it may seem initially that Duck Duck Moose is appealing to gender stereotypes (boys = comics & girls = fairy tales), once a child opens the app there countless ways to play with each of these quality titles.
What I didn’t like: It does take a little practice to get used to recording a scene, so some younger children may need a bit of help at first.
To buy or not to buy: If you’re the parent of a kid who can’t get enough of Batman/Rescue Heroes/LEGO Alien Conquest, then you must add Monsters vs Superheroes Comic Book Maker HD to your iPad today.
- App Name: Monsters vs Superheroes Comic Book Maker HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Duck Duck Moose
- Price: $1.99