Crazy Dentist

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Ad-intense entertainment app is a waste of time.

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Educational Value

Crazy Dentist wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

There's not a lot to do here -- and no instructions -- but it's pretty easy to figure out what each tool does once you select it. 

Violence & Scariness

The dental drill could scare some kids. And most patients seem to be in fear while in the chair. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Users see ads before they ever get to the main menu. The game regularly tries to up-sell other apps via pop-up ads. There are ad banners at the top of the screen as you play. And to unlock popular characters (like a gorilla), you'll have to spend $3 via in-app purchase. Other in-app purchases run up to $7. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crazy Dentist is positioned as an entertainment app meant to let kids have fun with dental procedures -- but is really an excuse to push in-app purchases and advertising at kids. There are few, if any, redeeming qualities to the app, with perhaps the exception that it is not especially violent. It's easy for kids to click out of the app to a product the developer is up-selling or to an in-app purchase screen. 

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What's it about?

Players repair patients' teeth -- which are filled with cavities, plaque, stains, and more -- by using a variety of dental tools, including a toothbrush, drill, and tartar scraper by pointing them at an infected or dirty tooth. They can also color patient's teeth and add icons through two paint tools. Once finished, they're able to take a picture of the result and post it to Facebook or email it to a friend.

Is it any good?

What could have been a semi-entertaining diversion for kids that instructed them on the importance of oral hygiene goes horribly wrong in this insipid, dreadful title. Crazy Dentist is so stuffed with ads and promotions that it's akin to app junk mail. It's also borderline bait and switch, as the app's main menu shows off an ape as a patient (which will appeal to kids), but to play with that character, you'll have to pay $2.99 (as he's not included among the free options). 

The gameplay quickly gets repetitive and while we're sure some kids will think the ability to paint teeth purple and put tattoos on them is fun, that hardly fits the definition of crazy. Even as a free app, this is a waste of your and your child's time and could easily lead to downloading another app you don't want -- or worse, to paying for elements you don't care about. 

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