Bottom Line: Join Storm & Skye as they go on a magical journey through a portal in a car wash. This is a story of adventure and friendship and acceptance. Meant for children age 5 and up, this tale is packed full of dragons and knights and imagination. **New LITE version with two chapters totally FREE!**
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Our story begins in the car with Storm and his mom as they finish a day of marketing. As they talk, we learn that Storm has been facing many changes in his life. Their next stop is the car wash, and Storm is very excited because he has never been through a car wash before. His excitement soon turns to trepidation as they sit in line at the spooky-looking, dilapidated car wash. Storm's mom assures him that as long as he keeps his window closed he'll be fine.
As they go through the car wash, Storm starts seeing things in the car wash. Or does he? Surely there isn’t a boy running around in the car wash. Or a knight. On a horse. But Storm knows that he has clearly seen these things. He tries to tell the wash attendant about what he's seen, but he is met with laughter. Storm and his mother continue home.
Storm decides to return to the car wash to find out about what he just knows he saw. But Storm doesn't find any clues at all, until he meets Skye. Here is the boy (spoiler alert! Skye is actually a girl) that Storm had seen in the car wash, and they are about to go on a magical adventure with knights and dragons and excitement. Come along with Storm and Skye on a quest in the secret world of the car wash.
This fanciful adventure ends up being a story of friendship and acceptance, of change and courage. It is filled with action of the sort that can only spring from the minds of children. As our story ends, we find that an unlikely friendship has begun.
What I liked:
- The illustrations and the music are really very nice. The music enhances the story rather than detracting from it, swelling as the action is coming to a head. The illustrations make the characters expressive and engaging.
- This adventure has 45 minutes of actual story time. It’s like having a short movie on your iPad. It would be a lovely distraction on car trips or other times that a child needs to sit still for long periods. Keep in mind, though, that younger children or children who have difficulty staying on task might have trouble sitting through this. My five-year-old loved the story, but did take a break in the middle. We just treated it like we might a chapter book.
- The new free Lite version is a wonderful addition. This allows anyone to try it out for free. There are still no in-app purchases, since the full version is a separate stand alone app. Two chapters are totally free.
- I wish there were the option to have continuous play between chapters. Often, having to stop and choose to go on to the next chapter really halted the flow of the story. While it is nice to have set stopping points available, it would also be nice to just have the option of playing through with no breaks.
- In the app store description, this app is billed as being interactive. While it’s true that there are a few small interactive elements, there aren’t enough of them (nor do they “do” enough) for me to consider this app interactive. But, honestly, it doesn’t need them. They were really more of a distracting add-on than anything.
This app is beautifully made, with charming artwork and very professional music and narration.This lovely app is the first in a new series that will follow Storm and Skye through what I can only imagine will be many other adventures. And I look forward to many more.
It is supposed to rain all day where Kelli lives, so she is not getting out to finish up her holiday errands. Y'all don't imagine things will be busy tomorrow, do you? SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.