Dino Hospital HD

Common Sense Media says

Play-doctor app has cute games but jarring sounds.

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What parents need to know

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • numbers
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most of the games are just fun, and some are educational. Preschoolers will like choosing which dinosaur to assist and pretending to perform medical tasks. Some of the sound effects border on annoying or scary.

Learning Approach

As kids play 28 mini games, they can practice basic preschool math, learn empathy for the sick dinosaurs, and explore different hospital departments and medical procedures.

Support

There are not many directions given, and some games leave kids in need of adult help for game play and general explanations, such as how height and weight relate to heart health or what an IV does.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • numbers
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

First, kids see a hospital building with eight rooms and eight dinosaurs. Once kids choose a dinosaur, a close-up of that room appears and the rest of the hospital vanishes. Choices for what kids can do for the dinosaur pop up on the bottom of the screen, each for a game related to the dinosaur's health problem. Players apply antibiotic ointment, insert IVs, administer medicine, and more. Kids earn stickers as rewards. There are 28 mini-games in all for preschoolers to enjoy pretend play and learn a little, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Explain to your kids that going to the doctor or hospital doesn't need to be sad or scary.

  • Tell your kids the names of the procedures and problems the dinosaurs are having so they can learn some medical vocabulary.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:July 18, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Dinosaurs
Size:43.90 MB
Publisher:Joy Preschool Game
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 17, 2012
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dino hospital hd

crashing problem at times. Dino Hospital HD is a cute concept, but it could be improved.
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