Tuesday, May 1, 2012
One Great App Deserves Another
Apps We Love: Stella and Sam Story Pack and Doodle Cast by zinc Roe
Have you noticed that when you discover a great app—well-designed, beautiful graphics, easy to use, fun—you’ll find other terrific apps by the same company? It makes sense. Talent, skill, and an uncompromising commitment to quality form the basis of the best companies and I’ll add zinc Roe Design to that list. Two of zinc Roe’s apps—Stella and Sam Story Pack and Doodle Cast—reflect top quality design and functionality in two very different incarnations.
The app version brings the books to life in beautiful animated sequences. The irrepressible redhead Stella and little brother Sam are voiced by real (obviously talented) kids. And the characterizations are true to their Canadian roots: listen carefully and you can hear Stella pronounce “about” as “a-boot.” In the Story Pack, a series of five stories (that are also available separately) are packaged in a single bundle. The bundle is particularly effective, as users get to go through the seasons with Stella and Sam.
Stella and Sam Story Pack
Age Level: 4+
Updated: April 26, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Bottom Line: Everything a story app should be: beautifully illustrated and animated, completely interactive.
Doodlecast for Kids
Age Level: 4+
Updated: March 27, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Bottom Line: You’ll be an animator almost immediately.