Animal Academy

Common Sense Media says

Addictive sim pushes connecting to FB, in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The app asks regularly if kids want to share their scores, coins, and other items with friends via Facebook. If kids don't link the game to a Facebook account, the app continues to ask to link it from time to time. The game stands on its own for a while, but eventually kids run into features that require the link.

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.

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 20, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Size:18.00 MB
Publisher:IUGO Mobile Entertainment Inc.
Version:1.2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 4 years old August 2, 2013
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animal academy

This game is fun and interactive for kids ages 8 & up they will love it is so cool that kids like my three year old cousin Natasha pillers loves it she always says '' i love this game it is 3D and 3D games are always fun''.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 8 years old November 12, 2012
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love it......................................

I like it! it pushes FB. also they push inapp purchases
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Too much consumerism
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