AddictingGames

 

Learning(i)

Free game portal offers dozens of titles, many of them iffy.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The games are all easy to learn, and come with brief tutorials explaining what to do. 

Violence

Several games feature gratuitous violence, including blowing up rats and puppies, although there's no actual gore. In "Shoot the Puppy," you can shoot a puppy with a gun and watch it explode. 

Sex

A game called "Highschool Cheerleader" shows women in skimpy outfits.

Language

A couple of games contain the word "crap."

Consumerism

Ads for other apps pop up in between games. There's a More Apps link from the main menu that leads to other Nickelodeon apps for purchase. Players can opt into a rewards program called mPOINTs and earn points for participating in partner offers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can create an AddictingGames account to track high scores and achievements, or share data over Facebook by logging in via Facebook Connect. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that AddictingGames is a pocket-sized version of the AddictingGames online games portal, with more than 45 games available to play for free without any additional downloading. The app itself is also free to download, but contains ads. Players can also opt into a loyalty program called mPOINTs by completing partner offers like watching a Volvo commercial. Some of the games are suitable for all ages, but there are many designed for tweens and teens that have violent or shocking themes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • physics

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

What Kids Can Learn

AddictingGames wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • physics

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

AddictingGames wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

AddictingGames is a portal where kids can browse and play more than 45 games for free, earn more than 230 gaming achievements, compare high scores on a global leaderboard, and share game updates via Facebook Connect. Games span most of the popular genres, including arcade, puzzle, physics, shooter, and casino/card. Typically, the games are easy to pick up and play with a few simple instructions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The quality of games on the AddictingGames platform is a mixed bag. For every hidden gem -- such as the stylish and cerebral puzzle/platformer "Asleep Walking" -- there are many more throwaway titles with dubious themes and gameplay. One example is "Shoot the Puppy," where players can choose to blast a dog into thin air with a giant gun. There's also a game called "Potty Copter," where players pilot an aircraft that's constantly dropping excrement onto the ground; a Worms-like strategy game where one of the characters is a gorilla that flings excrement at its opponents; and a macabre basketball shooting game where players flick severed zombie heads into the basket to score.

On the plus side, AddictingGames is free and offers something for everyone. It uses a rating system to inform players whether a game is suitable for everyone, tweens, or teens; however the lack of actual parental controls to filter out the inappropriate titles makes this an iffy choice for young players unless they're playing under a parent's supervision.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 2, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:209.00 MB
Publisher:Nickelodeon
Version:2.24
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old May 26, 2013
age 10+
 

Ok

I like the mpoints idea, but have yet to win anything because I don't play often or very well I enjoy some games. Also it's called don't shoo t the puppy and the point if the game is to not shoo t him no matter what you see or do. I actually made a better version inspired by it called don't shoo t the dudeThat and the falling objects one were the only ones I liked so I deleted it and downloaded it again a few months later. Lets just say has changed. They have a of games inspir by nickelodeon shows, which weries me because then young kids might com e to play them and click the wrong game. I don't mind the app, but everything feels very cheaply made.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrekat_0530 September 11, 2012
age 9+
 
LEARNING

big age difference

some game are great for like todlers and some are way to violent
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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