A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a little basic preschool math such as ordering numbers, counting, and placing shapes in the correct places. There are no verbal directions for the games, so kids can practice using deduction to figure out what to do next. Kids can learn empathy for the sick dinosaurs and body awareness as they explore the different medical procedures. Kids will need an adult to explain more advanced ideas such as how height and weight relate to a heart condition or what an IV does. Dino Hospital HD offers kids a fun introduction to healthcare, but some of the concepts may be too difficult for preschoolers.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play. Once kids choose one of the eight dinosaurs, a close-up of that room appears and the rest of the hospital vanishes. Choices for what games to play appear at the bottom of the screen, and playing is as simple as tapping, swiping, and moving objects into the appropriate places. There are few instructions, but most games are intuitive and kids can figure out what to do.
Violence & Scariness
There is no blood or gore in the app, but some of the sound effects, such as screaming dinosaurs or blaring sirens, might be scary for little kids.
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Products & Purchases
Five colorful "More Games" icons line the side of the app's main page that kids see each time they open the app. Those icons move kids directly to the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dino Hospital HD lets kids play doctor to eight dinosaurs, who suffer from a range of health problems. In eight different hospital areas, including Emergency, Orthopedics, and Dentistry, kids pretend to be doctors and play puzzles and games related to the dinosaurs' health troubles. The sound effects and animations might be unsettling for some kids, with dinosaurs crying and sirens blaring. The games are easy to play, often simply requiring kids to move an object around with a finger to put it in the correct place or to complete a puzzle.
Is It Any Good?
Most of the games in DINO HOSPITAL HD are harmless fun, and some are even educational (putting numbers in the correct order, matching objects to an eye chart). Many preschoolers will like choosing which dinosaur to assist and pretending to perform medical tasks such as giving shots, taking x-rays, or cleaning teeth.
On the downside, some of the sound effects border on annoying or scary -- many of the dinosaurs are crying, sirens are blaring, or the heart monitor is beeping in the background. There are also not many directions given and, while kids can often figure out what to do by what's happening on the screen, some games leave kids guessing. Finally, the app seems to have a crashing problem at times. Dino Hospital HD is a cute concept, but it could be improved.
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