A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dollify is an avatar app for iOS and Android devices. The app is fairly easy to use, and the resulting avatars are mostly benign. The blank version of the female avatar kids start with shows some cleavage, but almost all available outfits provide ample coverage. Kids can access a number of basic customization features for free, but they'll need to pay a $6.99 fee to access premium items and remove the Dollify watermark from final images. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
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What's it about?
Kids can create large-eyed male and female avatars using the DOLLIFY app. Aspects such as the avatar's clothing, hair color and style, and eye color can be personalized, and kids can add items such as glasses, jewelry, or a beauty mark. They can also choose from several simple backgrounds or upload an image that will appear behind their avatar. Additional accessories, backgrounds, and other items are available for an extra flat fee, and the finished depiction can be saved, shared, or used in other typical ways avatars can be utilized.
Is it any good?
The app's instructions aren't too detailed, but kids should be able to figure out the logistics involved in the avatar creation process fairly quickly. With Dollify, they essentially choose a female or male character, then customize its skin and eye color, eyelashes, eyebrows, hair style and color, outfit, and mouth shape. They can choose a background from the ones the app offers or upload an image to appear behind their avatar. They can also add glasses, a beauty mark, jewelry, freckles, and things like a flowered headband, cat ears, or hearts that appear to be floating around the avatar's head. It's worth noting that characters do have the tendency to be exaggerated, large eyed figures that aren't remotely realistic by any stretch of the imagination.
The app doesn't offer an unlimited amount of customizable features -- kids have a number of options for some aspects, such as the avatar's hair color and style, but there are only five freckle patterns, for example, to choose from. Other elements, like the app's outerwear options, include noticeably more premium options than free selections. Generally, though, the app doesn't really provide a ton of premium items -- not enough to justify paying $6.99 to access them. More free and paid options may be added in the future -- but as of now, the current customization choices aren't really enough to encourage kids to make dozens of avatars. They may enjoy creating a few versions of themselves and friends and family members, but they should be able to find plenty of free elements on Dollify they can use.
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