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Heart Street Market

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Global girls' game has cultural info, needs more context.

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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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