Hungry Hungry Hippos

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Well-done adaptation of the classic kids' game.

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Ease of Play

Like the board game, the app is about gobbling things, which is done simply by tapping the screen and hoping to grab something with your hippo's mouth. There's no real learning curve. 

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Consumerism

The app is based on the popular Hasbro board game, which may prompt kids to ask for it in stores. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hungry Hungry Hippos is an app adaptation of the popular children's game from Hasbro. Like that game, there are no real red flags for parents -- though if you don't already have the traditional version of the game, kids may ask for it when you're at the store.

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What's it about?

Chomp away at floating apples and bananas (vs. marbles) in this rendition of the classic board game. Simply touch the screen and your hippo will grab whatever it can with its mouth. Players can play for their best time, compete against the phone/tablet, or play against up to three friends who happen to be in their immediate vicinity.

Is it any good?

Few games invoke a sense of nostalgia like HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS, which makes it satisfying to know that Hasbro's adaptation of the classic game doesn't try to change the formula. The frenetic "grab all you can" mentality and gameplay is still there, and it's good, clean fun -- especially for young kids. 

Fans hoping to play online or to see any sort of advancement, though, will be disappointed. This is, quite simply, an electronic version of the board game. There's no story or new goals to strive for. You play and you win or lose, then you can try again. It's as shallow as the water the hippos are feeding in, but that doesn't make it less fun. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 2, 2012
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 31.50 MB
  • Publisher: Hasbro, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later

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