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What's it about?
In KYLIE AND KENDALL, users create their own avatars and embark on a series of missions that involve self-promotion, social media, and as many interactions with Kendall and Kylie Jenner as possible. Users earn points by completing tasks -- such as helping clean up a salon or working the room at a party -- and they can use their points or real money to buy and access new things, such as clothes, accessories, and trips to increasingly far-flung places. The real goal of the game is gaining social capital: With each quest or action, users can post to an in-app social media platform, where they'll periodically see updates from real-life Kendall and Kylie. An ongoing on-screen tally keeps track of other users' follower counts and whose tallies you've recently passed.
Is it any good?
The one good thing in this sim about social climbing and purchases is its built-in social network: It's nice that playing this game doesn't necessarily require sharing to real social media. That being said, the app is entirely about self-promotion, and its missions demand that users lie, flirt, and otherwise misbehave to earn more followers or in-app currency. Though it's nice that you can customize your avatar and make him or her seem less overtly sexual, the themes are pretty adult: One option in conversation is to go out for a drink with someone, and every time you take on a new quest, you're encouraged to change clothes and find something nicer to wear. Though it's initially entertaining to see how the app works and where its missions take you, it's incredibly frustrating to discover what it expects of young women who are only expected to look pretty, flirt with boys, and make fleeting friendships in the name of ever-increasing popularity. Though teens may be drawn to the famous names and cute art, look elsewhere to celebrate friendship and fashion.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it means to share things on social media. Who can see what you post? How does it feel when people like your posts? How does it feel when people write comments? Check out our parent guide to social media to learn more.
Talk about what it takes to be a good friend in real life versus on social media. What's the same, and what's different?
Discuss the goals of the game. How do the goals in the game compare to real-life goals? What are some values and goals that aren't reflected in the game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (free to download, with in-app purchases with prices from $2.98 to $68.98)
- Release date: February 20, 2016
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 134.00 MB
- Publisher: Glu Games Inc.
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 3.0 and up
For kids who love simulation and fashion games
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