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Alchemy ~ Genetics

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Kids create crazy animal combos in fun but repetitive app.

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ALCHEMY ~ GENETICS is similar to other entertainment-oriented combination apps like Alchemy and Doodle God. The difference? This one leaves out the mature content and adds links to Wikipedia articles for every creature created. (In some ways it's more like Pocket Frogs.) Some creature-loving kids will love creating and collecting up to 525 animals and may even read about the real-life critters. Others will get bored with the repetitive gameplay and won't engage with the adult-level scientific information.

A great deal of gameplay is simply testing sequences of possible combinations over and over. Some kids will actually try to think about characteristics to create the challenge creatures, but, for the most part the logic is not all that logical: Hedgehog plus dragonfly makes opossum; ant plus squirrel makes flea; owl plus opossum makes eagle. Others have some logic: Ant plus rat [tailed] equals scorpion; fish plus scorpion [venomous] equals scorpion fish. If nothing else, Alchemy ~ Genetics will get your kids wondering about animal characteristics. Try introducing your kids to the Simple English Wikipedia website if they are struggling with reading the Wikipedia entries or just ignoring them.

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