AJ Jump: Animal Jam Kangaroos!

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Addictive endless jumper misses mark on some features.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about red kangaroos -- their habitat, diet, and other fun facts -- and see them in their natural habitat. The facts are presented in a short book, and the video is a one-minute National Geographic clip that shows several kangaroos -- moms and joeys -- eating and hopping around. For the kangaroo information, kids will need to tap the owl on the start page of the game. From the game itself, kids can learn a bit of physics -- what goes up comes down, what springs do, and what fans do -- but the game itself isn't primarily educational. Overall, the National Geographic content in AJ Jump: Animal Jam Kangaroos! seems added on rather than integrated into the experience, which is mostly a just-for-fun endless jumper.

Ease of Play

Kangaroo responds to tilting or tapping, but pace is fast and requires quick reflexes that younger kids may struggle with. Earning coins or gems to buy items for the kangaroo requires more time than skill.

Violence & Scariness

If the kangaroo encounters a spider or misses a platform, the round ends.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Kids are encouraged to create an account at Animal Jam, which heavily markets buying memberships, coins, and gems.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that AJ Jump: Animal Jam Kangaroos! includes a tiny bit of National Geographic content about kangaroos but mostly is an app spin-off of the virtual-world game website Animal Jam. Kids are encouraged to set up an account on Animal Jam, but it isn't necessary to play; however, it's much harder to earn coins and gems in the app alone. There's no chat option or interaction with other players in the app, either, but kids can create a username and be added to the leaderboard.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJacelyn C. June 9, 2017

Aj Jump-Disgusting Content.

So I reluctantly gave my daughter $2 for this app. I am a very careful mom so I watched her for a while when she got it. Nervously she told me to go, which made... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 26, 2015

very good! AJ jump

Nice app, really fun to play. If you play animal jam, this allows you to get a pet joey. Also helps you get gems. Even if you don't play animal jam, I woul... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old August 27, 2015

Really Good

First of all common sense media, It is not 8+ and those are not "spiders" they are "phantoms." The game is addictive but once you've gi... Continue reading

What's it about?

From the start screen of AJ JUMP: ANIMAL JAM KANGAROOS! kids can hit play to start bouncing, tap the owl to learn more about red kangaroos, or select one of the options to dress and accessorize their kangaroo. Before they can buy any items, though, they'll have to earn coins and gems by playing. The kangaroo jumps on his own, but kids can guide him to the rock platforms to reach higher goals by tilting the device. If he hits a spider or misses a platform, though, the round ends. Kids record their kangaroo's names on the leaderboard and can connect their Animal Jam accounts to transfer in-app earnings to the website; however, they can't transfer from the Web to the app.

Is it any good?

With the National Geographic logo, you'd expect more educational content. There is a bit -- a short book and one-minute video -- but kids only read and watch to receive that information. The gameplay is totally separate and pretty mindless. To guide the kangaroo higher, kids must use some strategy, but skill doesn't translate into coins; instead, earning in-game currency is all about how long a kid plays. And it will take quite a bit of playtime to earn enough to deck out the kangaroo in the costume choices and accessory options. Unfortunately, those items are a fleeting investment -- many don't carry over into future games. Though kids may enjoy steering the kangaroo to new heights, disappointed parents might direct their kids elsewhere for more science-infused fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about kids creating an account on Animal Jam or not. Discuss the risks and rules around in-game chat and paying for the membership.

  • Make sure kids see the book and in-app videos from National Geographic about kangaroos. What did they already know? What did they learn?

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