A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
When used as part of an overall strategy to help kids work on time management and focus, Hatch - Stay Focused can help kids break work down into manageable chunks, as well as break the habit of constantly checking their phone or tablet.
Ease of Play
Navigation between tabs doesn't always behave as expected, but the overall interface is easy to use.
Violence & Scariness
If kids exit before the timer has run down, their creature will die.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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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