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Genies - Clone Yourself

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Pointless avatar app excludes users with fewer followers.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

New Changes Suck

No longer a fan of Genie. Used to have more options for birthdays, sleeping & a fun “horney” one.... I’m 59 and my guy is a truck driver (don’t judge lol). While I understand change-who wants a COVID or World Health Organization genie?! Let’s lighten up a bit. Don’t use it much.... Really thinking about deleting. For me, really a Zero-⭐️ rating.

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Too much consumerism

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Most apps are happy to have as many users as possible; this one alienates them from the start by making them undergo a "cool kids" review process before letting them in. The first round of exclusion begins when the app demands you have an Instagram account; the second comes when you're told you won't be allowed in unless your Instagram proves you're the kind of user the app wants. If you're lucky enough to be let through the virtual velvet ropes, you're granted the dubious honor of swiping through a handful of hand-picked news items (chosen once a day according to the interests you selected upon registering) and sharing them on other social media platforms. If your friends are cool enough to gain approval, their avatars can join yours in silly animations related to your daily news items. If they don't make the cut, you can always hang with pre-made avatars of people like Jesus, Santa Claus, and Donald Trump. Other than creating yet another bobble-headed avatar, the point of Genies - Clone Yourself seems to be getting kids and millennials to read more news. Too bad they're not allowed to use the app unless Genies Inc. decides they're important enough to do so.  

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 8, 2017
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Genies Inc.
  • Version: 10.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: August 9, 2021

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