Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic Rescue

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Boo-boos to fix, stickers to buy, lots of repetition.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about helping others and rudimentary medical treatment in a playful setting, making the idea of physical injuries less scary. Most notably, Doc is a character who helps others and works with a team, which sets a strong example. The medical treatment, which is often toy-specific and doesn't apply to people, is secondary. However, kids can learn to use tweezers to remove splinters and other small objects from the skin. As kids help guide Doc through the bicycle trail, they also practice motor skills and the use of technology. Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic Rescue is engaging for kids, but its mission is fun, not learning.

Ease of Play

Most kids will easily figure out how to guide Doc along the bicycle trail. On-screen visual prompts help with some of the gestures required to fix the toys. Updates have helped solve some crashing issues, but the play experience can sometimes be glitchy.

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There are a lot of in-app purchases available in both the main play area and in the parents' section.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic Rescue is a game modeled after the Disney television series, Doc McStuffins. Kids work with some of the show's characters including Doc, Stuffy, Hally the Hippo, and Lambie the Lamb to help diagnose and fix injured toys. The toys are found scattered along a bicycle trail, and kids help guide Doc along the path to find the toys. There are a number of in-app purchases available in the parents' section, as well as in the main play section. Since each mission is essentially the same, some kids may lose interest quickly.

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What's it about?

Kids can help Doc and her friends with three missions: Doc to the Rescue, Birthday Rescue, and Snow Place for Toys. In each mission, kids guide Doc's bicycle, with its attached mobile clinic, along a trail. They use swiping motions to avoid obstacles and collect coins. Kids must collect enough coins to fill Doc's fix-it meter so she can stop at a toy's location along the trail. Once they find an injured toy, Doc makes a diagnosis and kids help fix the toy. For example, if Doc diagnoses a toy that has splinters, kids use the tweezers to pull out the splinters. Some of the injuries are for toys only, such as having a missing leg popped back in. There are a total of 27 toys to fix, and kids earn a toy sticker for fixing each one.

Is it any good?

DOC MCSTUFFINS: MOBILE CLINIC RESCUE empowers kids to help others and promotes the concept of teamwork. If they enjoy the characters from the television series, kids will be particularly excited to work with Doc and her friends. Since each mission is essentially the same, however -- toys need help, Doc rides to toys, user fixes toys -- and the actual toy-fixing experience takes only a few seconds, some kids may get tired of the repetition (although others may love it!). Also, the app tends to be glitchy, and some of the transitions from one screen to the next are digitally awkward. There are in-app purchases available to buy a fourth mission and all the stickers, so consider talking to your kid before using the app to prevent begging, and/or disable in-app purchases in your settings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of medical care and staying healthy. What are three things kids can do to be healthy?

  • Talk about which toy injuries are similar to injuries kids have experienced personally. Were the treatments similar?

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For kids who love preschool apps

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