Kabu Pop Party Quest

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Simple bubble matching with frustrating level requirements.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Players get instructions before every activity, but there isn't a central source of information they can go to if they have questions or want more direction.

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Promotes Build-A-Bear, which made the app. Players can also scan purchased toys from Build-A-Bear to unlock new characters for the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kabu Pop Party Quest is a matching game for iOS and Android devices. Players will mainly target and attempt to pop bubbles by matching them with a colored bubble they fire from the bottom of the screen. There's no inappropriate content to be found within the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Players knock down groups of bubbles in KABU POP PARTY QUEST by throwing a ball that's the same color. Challenges feature party prep themes, such as unlocking rows of bubbles that contain a gift. Players move through a town as they finish each challenge shown on a map. Completing levels and special quests earns them cookies, which can be used to purchase new characters to play with. Players can also unlock new characters by scanning a Kabu plush toy from the Build-A-Bear Workshop, which created the app.

Is it any good?

This strategy game offers a series of simple challenges with matching bubbles, but the repetitive play and strict level requirements can frustrate players. Kabu Pop Party Quest asks players to clear bunches of like-colored bubbles. Some stages are timed, while others feature a limited number of moves. As players advance, the rounds become more difficult; the bubbles provided, for example, may not be a color that you can use to eliminate bubbles without clearing lots of other bubbles in front of them.

But the challenges aren't all that different from stage to stage. The basic concept is the same: Toss a bubble at a like-colored group of bubbles. After a short amount of time, that can feel a little repetitive, particularly if you need to repeat rounds. And you might, because to advance to the next activity, you have to earn a perfect score, and some challenges seem impossible to win on the first try. Worse, players can pause games but can't skip any levels, which can make moving forward in Kabu Pop Party Quest a slow experience. This frustration could easily send gamers in search of another game that's a bit more forgiving or entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about screen time. How much screen time is too much per day? How do you set and follow app time limits?

  • Does having to repeat a round make you want to stop playing Kabu Pop Party Quest? Would it make you want to stop playing other games?

App details

For kids who love strategy

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