A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The app teaches kids how to play as they go, and any time a new aspect is introduced, the instructions for it are clear. The school's Vice Principal is there if kids need assistance.
Products & Purchases
One of the forms of currency in the app is the brownie point, which is very difficult to earn. More brownie points can be purchased in-app, with prices from $.99 to $99.99. Plus, eventually players are asked to connect to Facebook to experience the full functionality of the app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animal Academy is a family game app where players are the principal of a new school that they have to run. Players build new classrooms, hire new teachers, answer questions to boost their popularity, find lost items, and hold school competitions. As the school grows and classes are held, kids earn experience points, coins, brownie points, and apples. The coins, brownie points, and apples are currency in the game; they keep the teachers teaching and the school expanding. Brownie points are difficult to earn but can also be purchased in-game. The app encourages kids to link it with a Facebook account; eventually some of the game functionality is missing without the link.
Is It Any Good?
ANIMAL ACADEMY is oddly addictive in that players will want to build more of the school, creating new classrooms and experiencing new features. But there is very little challenge to the game. It's about keeping everything going and expanding the school to make room for new things. The app is mostly a waiting game, since players have to wait for classes to finish before starting the next one. Different classes take different amounts of time to be completed. For impatient players, the waiting can be skipped by spending coins or brownie points, discouraging kids to practice delayed gratification. Also, players will eventually run into limitations if the game isn't linked to Facebook or new brownie points aren't purchased.
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