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Hops - Journey of Tree Spirit

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun fitness experience motivates kids to move, offers ads.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+


I’m an adult who has been doing Hops for a year now. I really fell in love with the challenges that kept me motivated to move. I’ve done all the challenges and have no more to take on. So I collect my materials and don’t wanna start over. But this game taught me how to move and every bit of moving is exercise. I like moving on the map and everything about the Hops.

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Is It Any Good?

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This engaging and empowering experience will motivate kids to move, promoting healthy habits and keeping track of their goals, but fewer ads and purchase pushes would make it even more kid-friendly. Hops – Journey of Tree Spirit is an activity tracker designed for kids. It not only tracks and displays activity in a user-friendly format, with daily information, a weekly snapshot, and monthly summary, but also captivates little ones by transforming their physical activity into gaming power. The graphics are colorful and appealing. Kids will enjoy personalizing their Hops and will be eager to collect more crafting materials in order to use the fancier accessories. It's simple to follow and provides ample support through pop-up blurbs that explain how to navigate the app and make the most of the experience. The game definitely gets more interesting as players accumulate crafting materials and movement points. The missions are a fun way to rev up physical activity. Kids who enjoy challenges will love competing against their own record or past achievement. The app considers different activity levels and tries to ensure that players have mission options they feel are achievable. Linden, the mission manager, usually gives kids three mission options, which range in difficulty level. This feature empowers kids, but also insures all players have an opportunity to feel successful and remain engaged with the experience. The daily ads in exchange for energy points and the banners that consistently promote in-app purchases introduce commercial urgency, but the ads are somewhat controlled since kids have the choice to view or not. Some kids may find the extra points too tempting to refrain from watching the ads that promote other apps, so a different revenue stream would make it more kid-friendly. Overall, Hops – Journey of Tree Spirit is a playful and engaging app that will keep kids motivated to move and hit their daily activity goals. The digital experience definitely promotes and reinforces healthy fitness habits.

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