As children, many of us had fun with Mad Libs. You remember these; the game asks for a set of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech, which are then inserted into a story with hilarious results. StoryMaker operates on the same basic premise, and is just as much fun.
The program's interface is rather unattractive, but it is simple and can be easily navigated by kids. There are large buttons for the program's four main functions. The first button let users play the game. The program asks for words in various parts of speech, and at the end, users are shown the story with their words filled in. Users can also print game sheets to play StoryMaker with paper and pencil. The Wacky Sentence Machine generates random nonsensical sentences, and users who register the program are able to write stories of their own. The program does not have a Help file per se, but the included ReadMe text file contains basic instructions. StoryMaker would be fine just as an entertaining game, but it also includes some extra features that give it a more educational bent. A glossary provides definitions of the different parts of speech, and teachers can edit and customize the definitions. Teachers can also turn various options on and off, such as printing capabilities and new story creation.
StoryMaker has a 14-day trial limitation, and some features, such the ability to create new stories, are disabled in the trial version. The program installs politely and doesn't need to be uninstalled, just deleted. We recommend this program to all users.
StoryMaker takes a simple and fun concept and makes it into a surprisingly addictive and engaging grammar practice game. Students are asked to type in various parts of speech, then the program plugs their choices into a story with hilarious results. Teachers can also instantly print one-or-two player printed game pages. Elementary students will love the new "Wacky Sentence Maker" that combines random words into hysterical sentences.
Version 2.1 is a bug fixing release.