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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Camp Pokemon is a virtual island camp designed for kids age 6 to 8 to learn more about the Pokemon universe and train to be a Pokemon trainer. It's totally appropriate for Pokemon newbies, with no in-app purchases or privacy concerns (nearly miraculous for a franchise that's been buy, buy, buy since its inception). Kids collect pins and stickers for different creatures as they play mini-games that teach them the skills required to be a successful trainer. It can serve as an introduction to Pokemon for the uninitiated or as yet another outlet for those already obsessed.
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What's it about?
CAMP POKEMON is located on a gorgeous 3-D island where future Trainers are greeted by counselors who instruct them on what Pokemon are, where they live, and how they get along. Kids then complete activities throughout the island to hone training skills. In the Arena, they learn to identify Pokemon. In Poke Ball Throw, they'll practice catching Pokemon by throwing balls at them. In Pokemon in Focus, they'll identify Pokemon by their shadows, and in Battle Matchups, they'll learn about the types of Pokemon and how they can be used in battle.
Is it any good?
As expected with the Pokemon franchise, the graphics are impressive, and the background information about Pokemon is really helpful, especially for kids just entering its wide and detailed world. Beyond the simple games, which can get pretty repetitive, the island has other fun surprises for kids to explore and discover. The sticker and pin collecting is likely a gateway to card-collecting. Even if kids aren't sold on the app, parents who don't quite understand the Pokemon phenomenon might appreciate listening in on the counselor's instructions to get an idea of what the craze is all about. Although the underlying tone may be "hook 'em while they're young," this app is a nice treat that lets early Pokemon fans join in on the fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the vast world of Pokemon. Parents can ask kids to explain the basics of who does what -- and why -- to get a glimpse into that aspect of kids' play.
Parents may want to explain to kids that "freebies" are often ways to get kids interested in buying something later on, pointing out all the marketing for Pokemon and different things that playing it may make them want to purchase.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 21, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Book Characters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 265.00 MB
- Publisher: The Pokemon Company International, Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
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