A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about caring for patients through interactions in a medical setting. They can play the role of a doctor by conducting routine procedures on patients using simple medical equipment. Since it's meant for little kids, all of the interactions are extremely brief and simplistic and not very realistic.
Ease of Play
Navigation is easy, but some kids might need some time to figure out what to do and when to do it.
Violence & Scariness
Some kids might be a little anxious about the patients who arrive in the ambulance, but all injuries are extremely kid-friendly.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids will get a sweet introduction to caring for and treating patients, but they'll likely go through all of the activities quickly, and the replay value is minimal. It's appropriate to make Dumb Ways JR Zany's Hospital a playful experience for young kids, but many of the activities are overly cartoonish. For example, the x-ray machine shows a cell phone wedged in one of the character's ribs, and one of the ambulance patients is wrapped in a snake. This can lead to misconceptions about medical emergencies. On a positive note, the app may help ease kids' anxiety about visiting the doctor, but there are better apps available if a kid-friendly intro to medicine is what you're after.
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