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Gabbys Dollhouse

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Simple games have kid appeal; parents might want more depth.

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This virtual funhouse has a clear preschool friendly theme with cute cats and easy games, but it comes up short in providing meaningful stimulation. Gabbys Dollhouse is colorful, peppy, and almost too cute for its own good - though preschoolers won't be bothered by that. They also won't be bothered by the games and activities that are overly simplified - though parents might want their kids to do something more substance to it. Many games simply require kids to tap and the activity happens automatically. For example, to make origami kids tap on the paper and it folds by itself. Or to color, kids tap on an area of a drawing and it automatically fills with color. Other activities are actually confusing. For instance, the memory game seems as though kids need to match a target, but that goal isn't all clear. Though it's great that Gabby offers representation for kids with brown skin, the dollhouse and games feature the cat characters, so Gabby's presence turns out to not be all that significant. Gabbys Dollhouse has certain appeal for young kids, but doesn't really offer them anything meaningful.

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