Kody Kapow Village Defender

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Use teamwork, cool AR feature, but more fun in multiplayer.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about strategy, cooperation, and teamwork. Kids can also learn a little about augmented reality (AR) as they use and apply that technology.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. An on-screen hand shows kids where to tap next.

Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon-style violence. For example, Kody Kapow uses a handheld martial arts weapon in one of the mini-games to deflect bananas thrown by monkeys.

Sexy Stuff

This app is a tie-in to the Kody Kapow TV show on Sprout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kody Kapow Village Defender is a board game app that's based on a TV show and has an augmented reality (AR) feature. Similar to Candyland or other board games for young children, kids tap the screen to roll the dice and then move the characters according to the color on the dice and the corresponding spot on the game board. The object of the game is to collect lanterns for the village lantern festival, play mini-games, and reach the village before Mogo the Monkey. Some lanterns are collected via the AR feature, which requires access to your device's camera. 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?

To play KODY KAPOW VILLAGE DEFENDER, first choose how many kids are playing (one to three). Watch the cartoon storyline behind the game. Tap or shake your device to roll the dice, and then (if you're one player) tap one of the three characters to the next colored tile that corresponds to the color you rolled on the dice. If you roll a photo of Mogo, that brings him closer to the village (not good). If you land on spots with lanterns, you get to collect them for the festival. When prompted, use the augmented reality feature to find more lanterns. Walk around the area, and as lanterns appear, center them in your screen to collect them. If you don't want to finish the game in one session, you can tap "Save and Quit" to save. Get to the village first to win.

Is it any good?

This is a beautiful virtual board game that works best with multiple players. For the target 6 to 8 age range, Kody Kapow Village Defender might not offer quite enough challenge, but it does emphasize teamwork. Other than the augmented reality feature (which is pretty cool), this board game feels almost too simple for the high-stakes tone that it sets in the intro cartoon and the characters' sense of urgency about achieving their mission. If there's a delay in the game, a bossy voice yells: "What are you waiting for? Roll the die!" Also, there's very little skill required to play mini-games, though they do slightly increase in difficulty as kids play. Playing with two or three players adds in the cooperative elements of the game, which makes it much more fun than just moving the three characters by yourself, so if your kid already loves the show and asks for the app, it's a good one to play with siblings, friends, and parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between playing a digital board game like Kody Kapow Village Defender and a tangible, on-the-table board game. Ask your kid: Which do you like better? Why?

  • If your kid has the opportunity to play this app alone and with others, talk about the teamwork aspect of the game. What's fun about using cooperation and strategy with other players to move along the game board together? What makes it more or less challenging than when you play all three characters alone? 

  • Talk about Kody Kapow and his efforts to thwart the monkeys by throwing banana peels back at them and wielding some kind of weapon. What else could Kody do if a similar situation happened with a real-life bully who was throwing things at him?  

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For kids who love multiplayer apps and teamwork

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