A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Equestria Girls pairs with Hasbro Equestria Girls toys, such as dolls and accessories, that have a horseshoe symbol on the packaging. Kids scan the toy to unlock game features and characters. They can play without the toys, unlocking characters and parts of the school with in-app purchases or earned gems. There's a bit you can explore without making a purchase, but kids would have to play quite a while to unlock the content without paying. The Equestria Girls are human teenage versions of My Little Ponies who focus quite a bit on clothes and appearance.
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What's it about?
Explore Canterlot High School with the EQUESTRIA GIRLS, completing missions by playing mini-games around the school. Unlock characters and accessories by scanning toys, or explore using only the starting avatar. As kids play, they can collect coins and earn gems, which they can use to customize almost every aspect of their characters: hair, skin color, eye shape, clothes, and accessories. Kids will encounter other Equestria Girls around the campus and chat with them about their days. Mini-games include a memory game and photo booth.
Is it any good?
Fans will have a blast extending their play, combining their dolls and the show; however, in-app purchases or buying the dolls is pretty much essential for any extended play, because earning the gems to unlock content seems nearly impossible. For a shorter shelf life, it's possible to play the free version, as the avatar choices present a nice range of diversity, and the closet of clothes is pretty full. It's fun to discover and unlock different parts of the school -- the library, classrooms, the cafeteria -- and to chat with friends in the hallways, so fans who love the social, dress-up culture of the show also will get a kick out of the app.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the upbeat messages of friendship from the Equestria Girls. Are they positive messages? What are the pros and cons of the emphasis on posing for pictures and changing clothes?
Ask kids meant to compare Canterlot High to their schools? How is the building similar and different? What do kids do there that they do or don't do at their own schools?
Set expectations for in-app purchases before downloading.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free (Kids can scan certain Equestria Girl dolls and accessories that feature a horseshoe to use in the game, or they can purchase gems and coins to unlock other game features.)
- Release date: August 17, 2015
- Category: Kids' Games
- Topics: Friendship
- Size: 138.00 MB
- Publisher: Hasbro, Inc.
- Version: 1.1.14
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
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