Bottom line: TinyTap is a story/game creator app limited only by your desire to have fun. Create customized educational games and interactive stories by drawing pictures from scratch, adding photos from your albums, taking photos within the app, grabbing pictures from the web, or using the new Creation Packs to choose from a huge selection of backgrounds and characters.
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What’s free: The app is free to download and comes with several tools for drawing, photo import, creation packs, text, interactive element creation, audio recording and access to the TinyTap market, where stories uploaded by other users are free as well.
What’s not free: All Creation Packs are free except for Comic, but it has been indicated by the developer that they may put a charge on them, so try them now! There are books written by other users and TinyTap available in the TinyTap market that require pay for download as well (typically 99 cents to $1.99).
The folks at TinyTap have added Creation Packs to their app and asked us to give them a look. After playing around with them for awhile, I can say I love this new aspect of the app. The tools are easy to use, and if you have an imagination like mine, you might lose track of time and forget to fold laundry (I'll take any excuse I can get.)
The Creation Packs are made up of 20 themes containing backgrounds and stickers of favorite items, which can be used to illustrate a story or create a game. They work wonderfully together and with imported photos. Add stickers to create comment bubbles, add some super heroes or create interactive “hot spots” on your pages. Each sticker can easily be enlarged or reduced with pinch or stretch motions, as well as rotated and moved anywhere on the screen. If you change your mind about using an item, it's easy to discard by swiping it off the screen. I also loved being able to move objects between foreground and background by touching them in the background first and continuing until everything was placed in the order I preferred. The only thing that’s missing is a “flip” or “mirror” option, which I would love to see in future updates.
I was pleased with how much was available to choose from. Having so many theme packs made it easy to get into a creative zone. I was so inspired to create (while ignoring laundry baskets), that I took an ugly toad pic from the web and treated him to ice cream and gave him a bunch of balls! We are best friends now.
The Creation Pack themes include Backgrounds, Where is My Baby?, Cars Soundbook, Tiny Tap, Summer, Save the Day, Who’s Faster?, Sensational Senses!, The Farm Animals, Get the Gold, Deep Sea Math, Comic, Noah’s Ark, Counting Monsters, Shapes, Spot it Pros, I <3 ABC, Who is bigger?, Music, and Playground Detectives. They bring a heaping dose of wonderful to this app. Although they are not necessary for creating games and stories, they definitely make the process easier and leave more time to think about content as opposed to design. I would love to see even more themes and stickers in future updates so I can avoid more laundry.
One word of warning: the TinyTap app allows the user to import images from the web (see the aforementioned toad). Depending on your kid, be aware that the results could be . . . um . . . less than appropriate. While some obviously offensive search terms are blocked, many others are not and could produce results that would make a teenage boy happy. So while the Creation Packs rate four stars, the app itself loses points for this lapse, as well as for the external links and the Market set-up.
Now if only I could persuade the TinyTap folks to create a Laundry theme so I can make a game to teach my kiddos how to do the laundry for me while I play with apps . . .