Leo and Tig

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Pesky ads, limited interaction hinder play in lovely forest.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about fine motor control and short-term memory. They may also find some appreciation for nature. Overall though, the app is light on learning.

Ease of Play

Game control is pretty easy; understanding the game's organization is less clear.

Violence & Scariness

At least one game where characters throw pine cones at each other with intent to knock their opponent out.

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Consumerism

There are many pay walls where kids are encouraged to make in-app purchases. An icon advertising other apps is always present on the main exploration screen. An easy-to-bypass parent gate stands between connection to the app store for all purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Leo and Tig is a fantasy adventure world where kids can interact with characters from an animated TV series of the same name. Kids play as different animals and follow instructions from the old bear to complete various tasks. Sometimes there are simple games to play. Though kids can play with the free download, the free version includes limited content and some restrictions. For instance, only certain characters and worlds are available, and sometimes play is locked for two hours. And there are plentiful options for making in-app purchases and consistent ads for purchasing other apps from the same developer. Pop ups also appear at random times asking players to rate the app. Relatively long waits to load games or other screens may be frustrating for some kids. There's a rich musical soundtrack, but no option to turn it off. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap and drag around the screen to explore the Primorsky Territory forest with LEO AND TIG. Sparkling paths show the way towards the old, wise bear who dictates tasks such as collecting berries or waking a sleeping bear. Along the way there are games to find, like memory, where you can earn stickers. Put the stickers together to complete an image and unlock two more characters. Play as Leo for free; most additional characters, worlds, and more are available through in-app purchases. 

Is it any good?

Though the adventure elements and graphics are fun, the push for purchases and mixed messages in the content compromise its value for kids. The virtual forest is visually rich and beautiful, with lush greens, rolling hills, bubbling brooks, and cute animals. And, it's fun to drag the animals around as they romp through the forest to explore. But, that's where the appeal ends. Beyond looking around the forest, interaction possibilities are quite limited. Most of the game involves following direct orders from the bear and leaves no room for autonomous play. The games, like your classic matching memory game, are basic and uninspired, and at least one involves teaching some prankster animals "a lesson" by throwing acorns at them. The overall organization is confusing, with a complicated system for cataloging the prize stickers. And, finally, the game is rife with appeals to make in-app purchases. There actually is enough content for kids to play the free version, but the constant pushes for purchase really get in the way. Unless you've happened to find the Leo and Tig web series and your kids have become huge fans, the cool visuals probably don't outweigh the downsides.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the forest in Leo and Tig. Point out the trees, flowers, and creeks. Let the virtual forest inspire you to take a walk in a real forest (or nearby city park).

  • Exploring virtual worlds can be downright addictive. Talk to your kids about your family's rules around using screens in balance.

  • Talk about the pay structure for Leo and Tig. Why is part of the app free and part requires payment? Does playing the app make you want to buy more access?

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