Parents' Guide to

Arthur's Big App

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Games set in Arthur's world are fun but on the bland side.

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Kids who know and love Arthur will particularly enjoy entering his world, aka Elwood City, and revealing new and/or familiar characters, but those who aren't Arthur fans can still enjoy playing the games and meeting Arthur's interesting group of friends. There's a nice leveling system; although the four activities are repetitive, they continue to challenge as kids progress (however, without multiple accounts, this can present a problem if more than one kid wants to play).

Although Arthur's world is always fun to explore, the actual content of the games is surprisingly bland and would greatly benefit from more inspiration, creativity, and sophistication. The strongest game empowers kids with a keyboard. guiding them through tapping out a simple melody, but the others involve very basic matching or speed techniques with little need for much thinking, especially considering the target age group. It would be nice to see Arthur's great pro-social messages explored in an interactive experience, but unfortunately, these games do not deliver.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: October 8, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: PBS KIDS
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 15, 2016

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