Making friends isn’t always easy, especially when your interests seem so far apart. But if you can learn to accept each other as you are, it’s possible to form a lasting bond. This positive message is the core of Playdate Digital’s latest My Little Pony storybook app, Pinkie Pie’s Sister.
A Rocky Relationship
Pinkie Pie’s Sister is based on the episode Maud Pie from the TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Pinkie, who is excited about her older sister’s visit to Ponyville, hopes that the Mane Six would share her and her sister’s tradition to trade “bestest-est friend” rock candy necklaces. Her positive description of her sister, Maud Pie, has the other ponies eager to befriend her but they soon learn that Maud isn’t the most excitable pony.
Made for ages five and under, Pinkie Pie’s Sister comes with three reading modes: Read to Me, Read to Myself, and Auto Play. Both Read to Me and Auto Play modes include professional narration and word highlighting to assist early readers, but in Read to Me you can control the animations and page turns.
Throughout the story, you will find special highlighted words. You can tap on these to hear it pronounced and see it explained in animation. You will also be able to tap on outlined objects or characters to watch them come to life. The Word Round Up section at the end of the story lets you retain the words you have learned and expand your vocabulary.
Parents Need to Know
Like all My Little Pony apps from Playdate Digital, Pinkie Pie’s Sister includes a secured parents’ section where you can keep track of your child’s progress. The statistics show how many pages she’s read, how many learning words she has tapped, and how many round up words she has learned. You can also reset the statistics from within the section.
The storybook portion of the app doesn’t require Internet connection. It contains no third-party ads and no in-app purchases. Social media links are available but kept away from children in the parents’ section. The app is available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
Things I Like
Pinkie Pie’s Sister is all about learning to look past the superficial differences and accepting others as they are. This colorful tale filled with comedic situations will engage young readers as it relays a positive life lesson. Audio narration and word highlighting ensure that early readers can follow the story without much difficulty.
Navigating the app is easy as all buttons are labeled and tappable objects clearly outlined. Flipping through the pages is as simple as tapping on the forward or back arrows. A quick tutorial will appear when you open the app for the first time, and can be accessed again from the parents’ section.
My suggestion for improvements would be to add more activities so the app will have more replay value. Some mini games or coloring sheets would be nice.
A cute interactive storybook about accepting differences. Based on an actual My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode, it features animated clips and voices from the series. Two reading modes are available for early readers, as well as a Sight Word practice session. Great for My Little Pony fans ages 5 and under.
App was provided for our honest review.