A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hop on Drums is a free app that heavily promotes the Hop animated children's movie. The game part of the app involves playing a simulated drum set. The promotion part of the app has links to the movie trailer as well as links to buy tickets and download a ringtone. There's also information about some of the characters in the movie. The app is easy to use -- although not necessarily for the younger ages the movie targets -- and the game involves rhythm and memory, but education is not the focus of the app.
Is it any good?
HOP ON DRUMS is an app designed primarily to promote a movie for kids. The movie section of the app plays the movie trailer and has a link to buy tickets for the movie. The game portion is a drum kit that offers a few different modes, including a freestyle mode that lets the player just play with the drums. "I Want Candy" is a Rock Band-like game where the player must match the beats to the rhythm, but with only one song included it doesn't have much replay value. Plus, it would be tricky for the younger kids the movie targets. "E.B. Says" challenges the player to play back E.B.'s sequence, and "Egg Shaker" simply displays an egg that makes noise when you tap the screen or shake the device.
The drum kit is somewhat cute, but there are other music-based apps that are much better than this one; it may not be worth all the commercialism included with the app.