Fiete Sports

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Sports app falls short of finish line with ho-hum gameplay.

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Extremely easy to play; simple tapping.

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Tap the More icon on the app's main screen, and more Fiete app icons appear. Tap one of those app icons, and it takes you to a parent gate. Answer a simple math question ("2+6"), and you move to the App Store, where Fiete apps and ebooks can be purchased.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fiete Sports is an extremely simple, Olympics-style sports app made for preschoolers that features the same character found in other apps by the same developer. The app centers on the character named Fiete, who races in all the events. Players choose swimming, cycling, hurdles, running, and shot put with more coming soon, according to the app. There's a medal ceremony at the end of each event. The app features distinctive illustrations and requires very little skill. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap on one of the sports icons as you swipe through various scenes on FIETE SPORTS to choose to compete in running, hurdles, swimming, cycling, and shot put; at the time of this review, kayaking, equestrian, paddle ball, and rowing were "coming soon." Most of the games involve extremely simple, repetitive tapping, with a bit of aiming and timing required for events such as shot put or hurdles. Watch to see if you or an opponent wins and then tap the home icon to return to the main screen. More apps by the same developer are available behind a simple parent gate.

Is it any good?

The lack of substance in this sports sim may be even more notable because of how good the app looks. When opening Fiete Sports, you're greeted with an absolutely enchanting visual scene of mountains, oceans, buildings, flags, and adorably quirky character-athletes with lovely animation. But when gameplay begins and tap-tap-tapping quickly bores, Fiete Sports disappoints. Though other Fiete apps are educational, this one isn't, and it underestimates its audience in a way the other apps don't. With some more complex mechanics, some problem-solving, or even a focus on practice and performance, this visually pleasing app could be a winner.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways that Fiete Sports' developer could improve this app. Ask your kid, what would you like to see added to this app? Choosing your own boy or girl athlete? How would you make gameplay more interesting? More challenging?

  • Discuss how this app only shows the few seconds of competition and the athletes on the medal stand but not the work that athletes do to prepare for those events. Talk to your kid about practice, commitment, and dedication to a goal like winning an Olympic medal.

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