A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a bit about different cultures, but it doesn't really go far enough for kids to build a lot of understanding.
Ease of Play
Though kids will have no trouble exploring and the mini-games all have instructions, some of the mini-game controls are tricky.
Products & Purchases
Much of the experience centers around earning coins to buy things from the market.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While it's great to have an app with different cultures represented, the multicultural aspect and the market compete for attention. The pop-up information that explains where each girl is from and different elements of her life is great, as long as kids don't rush past it. Because the overall goals revolve around earning coins to buy items at the market, it would be great to get another pop-up explaining the significance of each item. Though there's plenty of cultural interest woven into the game -- skeletons marching in a parade in Mexico, powerful mandalas in India -- more information about how those elements fit into the lives of the people in those countries. The dress-up area is bound to be a hit, especially the sections where kids can do some of their own designing. The mini-games are cute and are tied in some way to the girls' cultures, but the connection might not always be clear, and the controls can be finicky. Overall, the graphics are beautiful, and the girls seem like kids you'd like to get to know a bit more, so even more information and context would make this a truly stand-out experience for kids.
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