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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that time may get away from kids as they run their own dinosaur theme park in this addictive app. Though the dinosaurs and animation look like it would appeal to preschoolers, Dinorama is a challenging simulation app where kids are managing multiple tasks at once. The app purchase price includes everything, so parents don't need to worry about the in-app purchases available in many other simulation apps.
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What's it about?
In this simulation game, kids develop their entrepreneurial spirit as they run a dinosaur theme park. They take care of the dinosaurs by feeding and cleaning up after them and maintaining their cages. They make decisions about attractions -- like a photo booth or a cafe -- to buy for their park, what to feed the dinosaurs, and how to invest their money. If the animals aren't well-fed, they run away. If the paying visitor's needs aren't met, they leave. If the park doesn't offer the attractions people want, they don't visit. Kids manage the ups and downs of their business -- like stormy, slow days and sunny, busy days while keeping the animals and their customers happy.
Is it any good?
Dinorama lists the age range for the app as 7-107, and that is absolutely accurate. Younger kids may have a hard time managing everything going on at once, but the fun and challenge will appeal to kids and adults alike. Parents will appreciate that there are no in-app purchases or ads to tempt kids. Collecting dinosaur stickers unlocks more options, and as kids manage the park and progress in the game, they'll be able to buy different features, attractions, and dinosaurs for the park. Parents may want to remind kids that their game will save automatically when they stop, and they can pick up in the same place later.
Talk to your kids about ...
Since so many things are going on at once, and kids may not think in depth about their actions, take some time to watch them play and talk about the choices they made in the game.
Talk to kids about how they market to theme park visitors -- and where they see examples of marketing in real life.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Math: money
Social Studies: the economy
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
Self-Direction: time management, working efficiently
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 14, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Dinosaurs
- Size: 43.20 MB
- Publisher: thesixtyone
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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