Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Applaydu family games

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Family co-play stories, games with AR; discreet branding.

Applaydu family games Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Ideal for kids

My son loves all the characters you can add in the app. Also the mini games are fun and I as a parent don't need to pay much attention to in-app purchases, since there are none. Also there are no advertisements in the app that would drive away the kid's attention. Also I've found out this playlist on YouTube where you can scan and add any character in the game! Check it out, your kid will be happy beyond any imagination (and it's free :D )

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is not displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This set of immersive stories, games, and AR looks great and encourages family interaction -- but despite big learning claims it's more fun than educational. There's a lot going on with Applaydu family games. With no explicit explanations or instructions, play and navigation can get confusing and it's easy to lose track of what the big picture is. On the other hand, each little step has such overly explicit directions that kids don't have the chance to make their own judgments about what to do next. This creates a strange situation of too much direction in some places and not enough in others. The games touch very lightly on learning themes and often misjudge the target age, so it's quite a stretch to expect kids to learn much. And, while it's a nice idea to engage kids in creating a story to make them to protagonist, it's often quite confusing to explore the story setting with no idea about what's going on. The stories are sometimes odd, and they're completely text-based, which makes it impossible for pre-readers to play on their own.

All that said, there's lots to explore and some kids may really enjoy looking around, experimenting with the AR, taking silly selfies, and so on. And, it's nice that kids can play without ever really knowing that Applaydu family games is associated with the Kinder brand. Though if they do know, parents may want to be prepared to manage kids' expectations about buying chocolates to collect more characters. Overall, parents looking for an app to play together with their kids for some silly family fun may enjoy Applaydu family games -- but don't expect much in the way of learning, and be ready to provide lots of help.

App Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate