Hop on Drums

Common Sense Media says

So-so music game pushes movie; targets slightly older kids.





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Ease of play

Overall the app is easy to use, although the younger kids the movie targets may find the game tricky. E.B. gives tutorials through dialogue bubbles, but they play very slowly and can take a while to read. Again, younger kids who are not readers would have trouble with the dialogue boxes.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

In the movie trailer there is some innuendo when Fred's sister picks up E.B. thinking he's a stuffed rabbit instead of a real rabbit. E.B. sniffs her hair when she hugs him. 

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The free app's purpose is to promote the Hop movie with movie trailers, facts about the movie, and a simple game based on drumming (which features in the movie). There are also links to get a ringtone and buy tickets for the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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.

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 25, 2011
Publisher:NBC Universal, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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