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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can get a basic sense of a fire station and what might happen there. They can also practice their observation skills.
Ease of Play
Brief tutorial stage for kids to grasp the basics, and from there they have to figure things out on their own. Gameplay is simple enough that most kids in the target range will be able to figure it out, even without the tutorial.
Violence & Scariness
No violence or people in peril, but burning buildings shown.
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Products & Purchases
Link in the main menu for in-app purchases. Kids also get to this area by tapping on an "under construction" sign (a person digging with a shovel) on the roof of the firehouse. There's a single-digit-addition parent gate when kids click on an add-on pack to buy.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
True firefighter fans may miss having more fire-related activities, but this cute app is entertaining and silly. Little Fire Station - Fire Engine & Firefighters isn't terribly realistic -- hopefully you won't find a stuffed animal in your local firehouse's oven -- but it has just enough realism to make it work for little ones. Don't let the cuteness fool you, though, because some of the objects are tricky to find. There are a lot of cabinets to search though and five rooms. Young kids will likely get frustrated and/or need help now and again. In a sneaky move, the link to the in-app purchase area is "hidden" within the firehouse, too. There's enough pressure to buy without maneuvers like that. But, if you can ignore a few drawbacks, this is certainly a fun diversion for kids who love trucks, firefighters, and seek-and-find games.
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