A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know City of Love: Paris is an adventure game. Players make decisions based on conversations with characters that change and affect the course of the story. Users will receive promotional emails from the manufacturer, Ubisoft, unless they opt out of them. Kids will also see some ads, although they'll be disabled if an in-app purchase is made. On a more positive note, the user experience should generally be safe, without any offensive content. The only people kids will meet are game characters -- the app doesn't provide any way for users to contact each other.
What's it about?
CITY OF LOVE: PARIS takes users through scenarios in Paris, where they're introduced to characters and frequently asked to make choices that determine how their storylines unfold. Romance and mystery are frequent themes in the episodes, which are released about every two weeks. The app's content is available in English, Spanish, and French and can be accessed for free, but if users don't purchase additional energy, they'll be locked out of the game until their power reloads hours later.
Is it any good?
This mystery adventure can be lots of fun, until you have to rely on paying for progress. City of Love: Paris sports impressive visual effects -- scenes unfold with spanning views of picturesque streets and rivers -- and the customized story users are taken through, which changes based on their actions, is interesting and fun. At the game's start, you're told that you're in France interviewing for a job at the prestigious lifestyle magazine City of Love. After meeting its founder, Raphael Laurent, a mystery begins to unfold that you're asked to help investigate. Alternatively, you can opt to accompany your roommate from college, Kat, whom you're staying with, to meet someone she has a crush on. The choices you make determine your storyline. New episodes are released periodically, providing opportunities for more adventures.
The new episodes and decision-based structure make playing City of Love: Paris an enjoyable experience. But there's one major drawback: You essentially have to pay to play, and kids may get frustrated by the game's content limitations. After playing for a few minutes, you'll be locked out for hours unless you purchase energy. That really interrupts any fun you're having. For $1.99, you can buy enough to get through 11 decision-making scenarios in the game, which doesn't take terribly long. If kids get intrigued, the cost of watching the plot progress could add up fast.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about consumerism and screen time. City of Love: Paris doesn't let users play long without paying some money, which limits the amount of time kids can spend using the app, but how much screen time is too much with other apps? Discuss how much your child is online and what you both consider to be reasonable.
The app's plot involves mystery and investigation. How could you use skills or investigation tactics learned in the game in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, storytelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, decision-making, investigation
- Pricing structure: Free (The app is free to use, but to play a consecutive game, kids need to pay for more energy)
- Release date: February 13, 2017
- Category: Adventure Games
- Size: 89.90 MB
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Version: 1.0.3
For kids who love adventure
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