Sunny's Story Paint is a fairly-standard iPad art app that presents a child with the beginning of a images that they have to use their imagination and art skills to finish. For instance, one of the pictures is of a cowboy riding on something that is not pictured and the child has to complete the drawing. How about a cowboy riding a centipede? Or a bumblebee?
This sort of app was done very successfully in Pirate Scribblebeard, an app that my daughter still asks to play regularly. I think some children are intimidated by a blank page and having the start to an image can be very helpful.
But Sunny's Story Paint falls short in a number of key areas.
* It cost $2.99, which is expensive for a kids art app with limited functionality. Scribblebeard is also $2.99 but a far superior app. TJ's Art Studio, which we gave five stars, is $1.99 and Scribble Press is still, quite ridiculously, free.
* The art supplies in Sunny's Story Paint are very limited. There is no way to alter the brush size and, since the there is also no way to zoom, that means it is very difficult to try to stay within the lines when coloring. Also, the app description refers to it as a finger-paint app (which doesn't really fit the completing-drawings idea anyway) but finger paints are big and splashy and these paints are not big or splashy.
* They're well-done and interesting, but there are only 12 drawings. So, what the app is missing in certain areas, it doesn't make up for in depth. There is no option to import your own images and, if you wish, erase half of them to create-your-own starter drawings. (This can be done in Scribble Press.)
* There is no animation or visual instruction of any kind. It's not hard to figure out, but for younger or special needs child who might need a bit of a push, there isn't any.
* The app has no music or real energy. The art supplies make a few sounds when touched, but that's it.
The interface is easy, so there are no problems there, and the drawings can be saved to the device or emailed...but there's just not enough here to recommend based on the other available art apps.
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Ron Engel, whose should have asked someone else to try do draw in the demo video, completed this reivew. smartappsforkids.com was paid a priority-review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.