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Dumb Ways JR Zany's Hospital

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Goofy medical sim is shallow and short-lived.

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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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