Goober's Lab

Common Sense Media says

Popular Webkinz game allows kids to earn KinzCash on the go.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The match-3 format of this game will be familiar to many players, but the game is a bit trickier on a smaller screen than a large one because of the size of the graphics. The game starts out on a low difficultly level and increases as you fill a progress meter.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

This app is linked to the popular kids' virtual world Webkinz. Although you can play without a membership, it prompts you to log in at the end of each game to transfer your KinzCash (Webkinz in-game currency) winnings. Webkinz membership requires the purchase of a Webkinz stuffed animal.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Very private. This app asks users to log in to their Webkinz account for the transfer of KinzCash won during the game, but you can't use the Webkinz site from the app.

Very safe. Theapp accesses a Webkinz account (if available), but doesn't access anyof the Webkinz content. Webkinz has strong parental controls in placeand is generally regarded as a safe place for children to explore.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Goober's Lab is adapted from a popular game in the Webkinz virtual world and allows users to win "KinzCash" that can be transferred to their Webkinz account for online purchase of virtual items. Users must already have a Webkinz account in order to use that feature (you need to have a Webkinz stuffed animal to get the account), but the app is otherwise functional without the additional account. The game is a standard match-3 game with very few frills or power-ups.

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GOOBER'S LAB is a simple game that asks you to match three or more "atoms" of the same color by swapping atoms that are side by side. A cartoon dog cheers you on with repetitive comments that are difficult to understand. It's a cute way to pass some time, or to earn KinzCash for Webkinz players, but the game doesn't have a lot of depth or variety to it. There are only two power-ups, so the only thing that changes over time is the addition of balls of different colors.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:September 10, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:GANZ
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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