Kid Touch

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining but odd touch-and-pop game for tots.

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Educational Value

While Kid Touch was created with educational intent, it appears to have limited learning potential. The app description suggests that its purpose is to teach toddlers "how to use a touch screen interface." Even for toddlers, however, the simple step of tapping on a screen with little direction and some nonsensical results (animals falling through the sky into an environment in which they're not naturally found together; game point totals in the hundreds and thousands that would mean nothing to a toddler) doesn't lead to meaningful learning. Kid Touch may be silly fun for toddlers, but that's about all it has to offer.

Ease of Play

Extremely easy to play. Just touch and pop. Choosing from the different backgrounds is also simple enough for little ones to do themselves.

Violence & Scariness

Little animals are falling from the sky, and players have to "pop" them before they touch the ground. If your toddler thinks the animals are falling to their end, it may be upsetting. But if they do touch the ground, they just disappear.

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Language
Consumerism

General ads scroll across the top of the game for things such as video games that are intended for much older kids that include images of skeletons and sexy avatars. By backing up in the game, sometimes a "More Games" screen pops up advertising other apps by this developer. Parents can click on a box that says "Do not show this again" to block this pop-up screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kid Touch is one of those free apps some parents like to hand to their toddler or preschooler in the grocery store cart to keep them occupied in a pinch. The colorful backgrounds, cute animals, and simple touch-and-pop the animals game is quite engaging -- in a mindless sort of way. Strangely, though, the banner ads don't make sense for the toddler audience, and the "Silent Night" background music doesn't fit either. Don't expect any high-level learning here.

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What's it about?

Start a new game by choosing a \"battlefield\" from a list of seven natural environments listed on Kid Touch. Choose Forest, for example, and a colorful forest scene appears. Soon, animals -- elephants, snakes, flies, dinosaurs -- begin dropping from the sky and kids must tap on each one to \"pop\" them and see the points they received. At the end of the round, a point total appears, and they can choose another scene.

Is it any good?

KID TOUCH gives toddlers a game of their own that they can play without assistance by selecting backgrounds, collecting animals, and earning points. It's hard to say exactly why this game is so much fun, but it can provide some simple entertainment. As to the developer's claim that it's educational because it teaches toddlers that things react when you touch them on a smartphone screen? That's a stretch, as most toddlers are learning that very basic human lesson in the real world almost every time they touch something. This game simply entertains toddlers, and it can do that even though the ads and music on Kid Touch don't fit that group.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 3, 2012
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 2.80 MB
  • Publisher: divmob
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 1.6 and up

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