Animal Jam - Play Wild!
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
ANIMAL JAM – PLAY WILD! is an online virtual community where kids can create and customize an animal character and interact with other players in an open world of adventure. They can play mini-games, attend timed social events, collect items, trade them, chat with other players, send private messages, and invite players to play games. Parents who set up an account can control the type of chat their kids can use -- preselected text or typing -- though only approved messages will be visible to others, and outright profanity results in an account suspension. Throughout the game world, there are a few animal facts provided by National Geographic, and there's a location where kids can watch animal videos.
Is it any good?
While the graphics and animations are great, the games and social interactions are limited, and the learning content is very trivial. There's no doubt that the app is well-made and most kids could spend many happy hours playing, so the question of quality is more about whether it's time well spent. In many ways it's only a virtual version of collecting toys, with real-world dollars attached to digital objects. Ultimately, there are better alternatives to the mini-games and social spaces and better (physical) alternatives to the collecting features. If there were more focus on animals and nature and less on earning things, the experience would be much richer for the target age.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about safety online. What kinds of interactions are good and healthy, and what kinds might lead to trouble? What information is not safe to share online? How can you report the inappropriate behavior of other players? How do you create a strong password?
Talk about animals and their unique traits and evolutionary features, along with ways to enjoy and protect all creatures.
Discuss consumerism and basic economics. When other people spend money to have nicer things, how does that feel, and how can you have fun without breaking the bank?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: animals
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with in-app purchases from $0.99 to more than $10.)
- Release date: December 4, 2015
- Category: Kids Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Ocean Creatures, Wild Animals
- Size: 144.00 MB
- Publisher: Wildworks, Inc.
- Version: 0.5.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.1
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