Family Feud Live!

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Survey says: Fun, but gaps in instructions, privacy issues.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about popular opinion by guessing answers to survey questions. Answers that are close -- war, instead of wars, for example, will register as correct, app will accept some words related to specific answer (such as Bunsen burner for fire describing items in a chemist’s lab). App wasn't designed with learning in mind, but predictive text can help kids improve their vocabulary, spelling, they'll see correct answers, even if they guess wrong, which should help them get a sense of what public's viewpoint on a topic is.

 

 

Ease of Play

Fairly intuitive gameplay, but it doesn’t seem to have any kind of general instruction area, FAQ to explain how to play.

Violence
Sex

Suggestive themes may be mentioned infrequently.

Language

Profanity entered by opponents that's seen by player isn't blocked by app, otherwise, no issues in game.

Consumerism

Players can make in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $94.99. Monthly subscriptions are also available for $4.99.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some questions can touch on substance use.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Family Feud Live! is a mobile app version of the popular game show. if players sign up using Facebook, this guessing game app automatically uses your Facebook profile pic as your Family Feud Live! profile image, and kids will be able to chat with other users, although here's a guest profile option for players concerned about their privacy. There are also some topics that reference suggestive topics or substance use, but you won't always receive those questions. There's a significant amount of information about how to purchase app currency or a monthly subscription, which may make kids feel like they have to buy something to play.

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What's it about?

Just like the TV show, FAMILY FEUD LIVE! involves guessing popular responses to questions like, “Name something the world would be better without.” Contestants bid to play the game’s Classic, Tournament, and Fast Money matches against randomly selected players. Players need to either buy coins or earn them by playing games to have enough to play some of the types of matches. You can also choose players who are pictured to chat with and play against.

Is it any good?

This mobile version of the popular game show is entertaining, as long as you don't mind possible privacy issues and missing info for show newcomers. Family Feud Live! features the same premise the TV show has for decades: Players try to guess the top responses people gave to questions. But kids who have never seen the show may not understand that, because there’s no readily available information in the app about how the responses were gathered or how to play. That's a fairly big drawback -- although the game isn’t too hard to figure out, there are some other elements, such as the currency kids are earning, that may be confusing at first for younger players. Not knowing what the responses involve also makes it a little bit less of a learning experience, and could make it harder to play. Kids who understand they’re dealing with popular opinion might submit completely different guesses than ones who don’t.

There are some potential positives; kids may strengthen their vocabulary while playing, the predictive text feature can help them hone their spelling skills, and generally, the game is pretty fun. But the biggest concern is the ability to chat with other users if you log in through Facebook -- which is a big problem. To prevent personally identifiable information from being exchanged, urge your child to play as a guest instead -- or, if you’'e concerned that might lead to a Facebook log in, to maybe not play at all. If you can get past the privacy issues and the lack of info, you'll find a fun gameshow experience in the palm of your hand.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time, which can fly by when playing games. How can you tell when it’s time to take a break?

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  • Games often involve some form of competition -- against other players or yourself. How can you make sure you're being positive and focusing on doing a good job, instead of engaging in unhealthy competition?

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  • Talk about how to use strategies when problem solving. How can you create a plan to perform best in the game -- by answering as quickly as possible? By entering similar words?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Subscription price: A monthly subscriptions is available for $4.99.
  • Release date: June 7, 2017
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Size: 149.00 MB
  • Publisher: UMI Mobile
  • Version: 2.3.9
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later or 4.1 and up for Android.

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