Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Young children are fairly certain to enjoy the colorful and vibrant nature of My Little Pony - Cutie Mark Chronicles. A mixture of storytelling and simple mini-games, the latter might prove to be slightly tricky in places, but it’s all fairly heartwarming stuff.
It tells the story of how six ponies, including Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Applejack, came to discover their own unique talents and benefited from a Cutie Mark highlighting what they can do. To you and me, that’s a cute icon on their back such as apples or balloons. Each tale is fairly good at dispensing morals while also reminding kids that everyone has their own talent somewhere. You listen and read through the words with a quick drag taking you to the next page.
Once you finish the story, you can then participate in a game to unlock a Cutie Mark. These are reasonably varied and tie into the storyline. You might need to help Applejack find her way home, for instance, by creating a path out of tiles. It’s all a little bit like Pipemania, but simplistically done for the sake of kids. Another game might involve making two sides of a picture look the same. None of these games take long, but they’re cute.
Once you finish a game, you unlock the Cutie Mark to use when designing your own Pony. It’s nothing too complex, but it is quite fun to do. You can pick out color schemes and different tails and hair too.
The only real misstep for My Little Pony - Cutie Mark Chronicles is that some of the games feel more complicated than you’d expect from an app focusing on storytelling. While your kids might be fine reading through the stories, they might need some help with the games. At least that’ll be a fun way to enjoy this app together.