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Hatch - Stay Focused

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cute creature-hatching focus timer lacks fun incentives.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

This app was a real fun app worthy of 5 stars. Since it was recently upgraded to version 1.08 its become worthless. No longer can one see the results of one's actions. It's become harder to chose what time period one wants. One has to Quit and then restart it in order to get any functionality at all.

It's no longer worth the bother. It would be nice if upgrades of applications for the iPhone weren't automatic. I'd really like to choose.

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Parents say: (1 ):
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This timer has some fun features and may help your kid avoid distraction, but it could use even more incentives. Focus timers are growing in popularity, and kids who enjoy games like Pokémon GO may be motivated by the idea of hatching mystery creatures as they abstain from screen time. Hatch - Stay Focused works as intended in that regard. The creatures are kind of cute, and at first it's fun to see what appears in your eggs. But soon it's clear that there's no way to interact with your growing zoo and there's nothing to do with your amassed focus energy. Teens will be looking for ways to use their points or interact with their collection of creatures in some additional way. That said, it's a solid start that builds a bridge between kids who love to collect creatures and their efforts to stay focused, and since it's free, it's definitely worth a try!

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