Disney Color and Play

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Magical potential marred by pricey add-on requirements.

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age 4+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn to express themselves through the use of various drawing tools, but this is limited without a free-draw option. Kids can also begin to understand, with some adult support, the difference between 2-D and 3-D as they watch their flat drawings pop up into dimensional drawings on the screen.

Ease of Play

Most navigation and controls easy to use, but scanning feature doesn't always work well, especially in lower-light situations, and it's not always clear what you can or should be doing on certain screens.

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Consumerism

Only comes with the Mickey Mouse playroom unlocked, and all others are $1.99 to $3.99 or $7.99 for all, and kids are prompted to buy more when they tap on the edges of the free room. Coloring pages retail for $4 to $5. Kids are exposed to all the (locked) options available each time they play. Links to other Disney apps require entering a numerical code to access, but kids who can read can bypass. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Disney Color and Play app is an interactive coloring book that uses augmented reality to make coloring pages become 3-D. Unlike other Color and Play titles, this free version only comes with one Play Room and page for free; all others are available via in-app purchase and are visible to kids every time they play. Purchases are protected by a parent gate that readers can bypass. Buying a real coloring book unlocks roughly 14 images only for that book, although they can be purchased in-app as well. The Play Rooms are available for Mickey Mouse, Sofia the First, and Doc McStuffins. The coloring book assortment is wider, including Frozen, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Miles from Tomorrow. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Parent Written bywalt t. February 11, 2017

Disney did it again! They offer a game for free, but only give kids very limited access then charge an outrageous price!

I am so very disappointed in Disney. First let me say most of their games are very good. Disney sends out an email to you with an offer for a free game, then... Continue reading

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What's it about?

DISNEY COLOR AND PLAY is a collection of coloring books and themed Play Rooms based on Disney characters, television shows, and movies. The on-screen coloring books mirror the ones in the real world, which include roughly 14 "magical" pages that kids can color and scan into the app. The colored characters then become 3-D on the screen via augmented reality. Kids can unlock the pages with the coloring book or using an in-app purchase (coloring pages can be printed so kids can color them again and again). The Play Rooms, which represent a much smaller stable of characters (Mickey Mouse, Sofia the First, and Doc McStuffins) contain an image with a collection of items kids can paint and decorate with an assortment of art tools, including a brush that paints the character or object for you. As kids complete each item, a newly decorated item appears in the Play Room. As kids tap on items, the character will talk about or interact with it; for example, the Mickey Mouse Play Room has a jukebox that allows kids to choose a musical style or record music of their own. If kids tap on the edges of the Play Room, they're prompted to buy additional rooms, and the potential purchases are always visible to kids.

Is it any good?

While there are some innovative things about the experience, the pricey purchases and the constant temptation for kids make it disappointing overall. There just isn't enough to do in the free areas, and it seems that kids are constantly being prompted to buy more content. The in-app purchases are too expensive for what they provide, and you can bet your kids will be asking for all of them. If you can somehow look past all of that, there's some potential here. It's fun to see your drawings come to life from the coloring page to the device screen. And although the drawing tools aren't overly sophisticated, there are a lot of options that kids will enjoy, including glitter and stickers of items such as macaroni shapes and buttons. Unfortunately, all of the tools in the world do you no good when you run out of things to color. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cost of this "free" app. Is having only one room and page enough to have fun? How do they convince you to spend money on it?

  • Set expectations about in-app purchases before kids begin playing. Are they allowed to buy more? If so, how much?

  • Talk about your kid's creations. Why did they choose the colors and textures they did? Take the creativity offscreen and let your kid use different materials to create.

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