La Liga - Educational Games

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Light learning games fun for soccer fans; lots of ads.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a variety of foundational educational topics like memory, puzzle-solving, attention, patterns, etc. Math games give kids practice with arithmetic. Focus on La Liga gives kids lots of opportunity to learn names and logos of Spanish soccer teams and players.  

Ease of Play

Lots of game icons, and can be hard to remember which ones are which. But overall presentation is clear and organized.

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Consumerism

The free download includes lots of ads. Play ad-free by making a $0.99 in-app purchase. Kids can earn cards by watching more ads or with in-app purchases. There's a parent gate for some purchases but not for others.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that La Liga - Educational Games is a varied collection of games with a strong soccer theme from Spain's national soccer league. Games touch on math, puzzles, reasoning, memory, creativity, and knowledge of Spain's soccer teams and players. When kids play a certain number of games, they earn player cards to fill in the players on each of the 20 included soccer teams. Though familiarity with soccer and La Liga's teams and players isn't necessary for most of the games, kids who aren't La Liga fans may have difficulty maintaining interest. Some games require kids to tilt the device; make sure that your kids can do so safely. When kids play with the free version, their play is interrupted every few games with a video or still third-party ad. Kids can also watch video ads to earn more player cards. Parents can get rid of the ads with an in-app purchase and can also buy more player cards through in-app purchases. 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?

Play a variety of education-themed games and collect player tokens with LA LIGA - EDUCATIONAL GAMES. Tap on one of nine icons representing different game categories such as drawing, arithmetic, memory, puzzles, soccer, or knowledge of the La Liga teams and players. Each category has a handful of different activities to choose from. Complete simple addition or subtraction equations, match team badge icons with their jerseys, unscramble players' names, and more. Complete a few activities to earn a new player token; collect all 17 players from each of 20 teams.

Is it any good?

This cross between standard but solid educational games and soccer mania will likely delight die-hard soccer fans -- if only it weren't riddled with ads. There's a lot of content in La Liga - Educational Games that spans a variety of semi-educational themes. Though most of the games aren't particularly innovative, they're clean and easy to use. And sometimes they even offer above-average features, such as lots of drawing tools and colors, fun tilt-the-device mazes, or increasingly challenging math equations to complete. The real appeal, however, is the strong soccer theme. There's no doubt that it's for soccer fans -- even better if kids are fans of the many La Liga teams or players. This is a more than decent way to get those kids exploring a world that they love while interacting with learning material. However, it's disappointing that kids can just make in-app purchases to buy more player tokens instead of having to work to complete games. Even more discouraging is that with so many intrusive ads, the quality of kids' experience decreases. If kids really like this app, parents may want to seriously consider buying the ad-free version.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pay model that La Liga - Educational Games uses. Why are there so many ads? Is there a better way to balance the developer's need to make money and your needs as a kid playing the games?

  • Make your policy and intentions around in-app purchases clear to your kids before they start playing.

  • Get to know your kids better. If your kids are big soccer fans, talk to them about what makes them love soccer. Do they have a favorite team or player? Do they like to play soccer, or just watch it?

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