Lego Duplo Marvel
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Lego Duplo Marvel
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Duplo Marvel is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. It features Lego versions of famous superheroes like Captain America and Spiderman. The app is comprised of several play packs, individual offerings that center on one character and contain a few activities. Most play packs involve a $4.99 cost. The app content is extremely kid-friendly, without any bad language or other problematic elements, and designed with fairly simple activities younger children can easily navigate. Some are puzzle-based, which could potentially help them develop strategic thinking and other skills.
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What’s It About?
LEGO DUPLO MARVEL currently has three separate sections, called play packs. Each involves a Marvel superhero, and one is available for free. Kids can click on the screen to direct either Spiderman, Captain America, or Hulk to walk to that spot. In addition to tasks they can stop and perform, such as climbing up a tree to rescue a cat, they can access other activities, like game that involves finding their way through a maze. Most involve simple actions such as directional cues.
Is It Any Good?
Some of this app's activities reinforce basic logic and other skills and positive traits such as responsibility and helping others -- but there aren't very many things for kids to do. In Lego Duplo Marvel's Captain America portion, for instance, kids can soap up and hose down cars at an outdoor car wash. They can also put colored items that are being thrown out into corresponding garbage bins, help a cat get out of a tree, and play a game that involves finding a path for the superhero to exit a maze. Kids can perform the tasks repeatedly, but because there's no next level to advance to or other clear endpoint in some, they may be confused about when they should move on to something else.
Even if they decide to, there may not be much else to do. Aside from those few activities, kids can drive Captain America around on a motorcycle to explore the setting, but you don't seem to be able to interact with the other people who are mulling around, and you can only go so far in either direction, whether you're riding or walking. The Captain America play pack is also the only part of the app that's free. The other sections are $4.99 to purchase. Parents can also buy access for a year to everything for $19.99 -- but there are only two other available play packs, involving Hulk and Spiderman. The app's activities are well-suited for preschool-age kids, and the graphics are top-notch -- bubbles from the soap you apply at the car wash quickly coat vehicles, the cat is perched in a multi-tiered Lego tree, and Captain America gleefully says "Yay!" and chuckles as he moves around. But even with all that charm, without more interactive content, Lego Duplo Marvel may not be able to keep kids engaged for very long.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about some of the ways Captain America helps other characters in Lego Duplo Marvel. What kind of things can you do in real life that are similar?
Kids may have to hunt for some of the activities in the app, so what clues indicate clicking on something will take them to a game or allow them to interact with an object? What investigative and other skills does that involve?
Kids also need to figure out how some of the tasks work, but how can you determine what to do if you aren't given much instruction?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Individual sections cost $4.99, and one-year access to everything is $19.99.)
- Release date: April 14, 2022
- Category: Entertainment
- Publisher: StoryToys Entertainment Limited
- Version: 2.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: June 1, 2022
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