TGWK’s Review of “Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure” v1.0 (iPad)

Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure is an animated, interactive story adventure by developers zinc Roe Productions. Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure is based on the popular television show and the bestselling picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. The story follows the rainy day adventure of Stella and Sam and how they turned a gloomy, rainy day into a day filled with fun. Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure is strictly a kids app and one that I think will appeal to kids of all ages.

I’ve never seen the television show or the books before but what I can tell you is that the characters themselves are very cute and I can see how kids would be drawn to this show. Unlike some other story adventures on the iPad, this one is fully animated and plays out like a television episode. The only difference between this and a TV show is that there are parts of the story which are interactive where children are encouraged to participate.

The interactive parts in the story are fairly easy to play. Again, this is for really young children so the games in Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure are very easy. In fact, they aren’t really games, they are more like activities that help young children follow instructions while also being creative. The activities include drawing with paint, uncovering objects beneath a pile of leaves, and piloting a make believe boat. It’s very age appropriate and each activity is part of the story so it’s not just something random.

Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure is a great children’s adventure even though it’s a bit short. It’s almost like watching a short episode of the series with activities thrown in so that youngsters will have something to interact with and feel like they are part of the story. The story itself is pretty good but I do wish that they would put some text at the bottom so that we could read along with the story. Other than that, the app is quite nice and the animations in it are very good. The games are a bit easy but it’s targeted towards young children so I think they’ll really enjoy it in my opinion.

Rainy Days: A Stella and Sam Adventure is available now in the App Store for $2.99. It is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.


Play alongside Stella and Sam and their dog Fred as they go out on a playful adventure on a rainy day. Make paintings with Fred, dig through the leaves looking for treasures and race pinecones across Puddle Lake. From zinc Roe games, the makers of the award-winning Tickle Tap Apps, the Stella and Sam Interactive Adventures combine stunning animation with three elegantly-designed activities.

STELLA: “Isn’t it a beautiful day out Sam?”
SAM: “But Stella, it’s raining outside.”

The Stella and Sam Apps are based on the television show and the bestselling picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. Stella and Sam books have been translated into fifteen languages. They have sold over one million copies and are loved by children all over the world.

Each Stella and Sam Adventure features:
-Beautiful fullscreen animation
-Three fun and simple games
-Quick navigation by chapter and game
-Support for English and French

“Stella and Sam are adorable to begin with. And this is just an ideal use of an iPad. It’s a great idea — part animated storyteller and part games. It’s very clever and super beautiful. More immersive and better wrought than anything I’ve seen. My three and five year old kids are completely charmed.” – App Store Reviewer

“Stella and Sam is about engaging children to discover and explore the world around them, sparking children’s imaginations and encouraging their creativity.” Marie-Louise Gay, author and creator.

“My daughter really likes the Stella and Sam apps. The activities are creative and make you feel like you’re actually contributing to the story.” Debra, mom

Visit to see the app in action and learn more about all of the Stella and Sam Apps!

[via App Store]



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