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LEGO DUPLO WORLD

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Branded blocks build early skills with co-play, mini-games.

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age 3+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids will work on early learning concepts such as numbers 1-10, sorting by colors and height, impulse control, and working memory. If kids play with a partner, they can practice taking turns. And, open-ended play settings let kids experiment with different roles, build structures, and use their imagination. Kids will also learn about the Lego Duplo brand.

Ease of Play

It's easy to tap and swipe to play with the blocks.

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The free version includes limited content and video ads for locked games. Parents must make one or more in-app purchases to unlock all content. The app is a branded product that promotes the Lego Duplo brand. Enter your year of birth to enter the parents' section which includes suggestions for which Lego Duplo sets to buy that match the virtual versions included in the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Duplo World lets kids play with virtual versions of the iconic brand name toy in both free-play and goal-oriented mini games. Games have no instructions or time limits, though parents can set a bedtime timer that will automatically freeze that app at the time parents choose. The free version includes access to Number Train, one of three activity packs. Unlock the other two activity packs individually ($3.99 each) or as a bundle for $7.99. The parents' section includes information about the learning goals for each game as well as suggestions for meaningful co-play, which parents can read in a large selection of languages. Because playing with real blocks offers learning opportunities an app can't, this app is best when it's not possible to play with physical blocks. 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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Adult Written byiseult October 23, 2019

Great for playing with your kid... and for little ones to play together.

I loved the suggestions for adults to play with their kids. I found them a very useful starting point (sometimes I struggle to get in the "play zone"... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Tap on one of three activity packs in LEGO DUPLO WORLD: Number Train, World Animals, or Rescue Adventure. Each pack offers mini-games featuring Lego Duplo blocks and figurines. Some games are open-ended: Play with the figurines in the scene or build structures with virtual Lego Duplo blocks. Others have learning goals, like arranging numbered blocks in ascending order, sorting blocks by color, or playing the classic memory game. Swipe left or right to scroll through the different games in each pack. Visit the parents' section to read about each game, learning goals, and co-play suggestions.

Is it any good?

Beautiful virtual versions of well-loved building blocks provide ample opportunity for play, light learning -- and brand loyalty. Sharp, colorful graphics are very responsive to kids' touch. And it's fun to see them come "alive" as they move or make sound. Just as with the real blocks, there's lots of space for open-ended imaginative play, though each themed scene has only a few parts to play with. Games with learning goals introduce just a touch of school-readiness type content, but without much depth. The suggestions for co-play are really nice to help guide parents towards interacting with their kids while they play, which is right on with this age group. One major downside is that play with this virtual collection is necessarily more limited than play with actual blocks (of any brand). Each mini-game has just small collection of blocks to use, a small building space to fill, or limited capabilities. But, Lego Duplo World is a good option for when it's not practical to have a box of blocks around, like on a long plane ride.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the imaginative worlds kids can explore in Lego Duplo World. Engage kids to tell stories about what they're doing and the characters they're playing with. Which worlds do they like the best and why? Read the parents' section for some great suggestions.

  • Make your policy on making in app purchases clear before your kid starts playing. Talk about if you're willing to buy the additional advertised content.

  • Talk to your kids about branding. Is this app more interesting because it uses a popular brand of building blocks? Does playing it make you more likely to want to buy Lego Duplo blocks? Why or why not?

  • It can be hard to put down a game when you're having fun! Make your family's rules about screen time clear before handing your device to your kid.

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