Little Kitten - My Favorite Cat

App review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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Fun, friendly, feline frolic with parent limits.

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Although one game on the app is called an "educational mini-game," it's not an educational app. App provides some limited opportunities for creativity and focus.

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Kids explore the room by tapping objects. Kids can return to the main screen by simply tapping on the outline of the kitten. Very few icons or menu options.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Kitten - My Favorite Cat centers on a very realistic-looking, virtual kitten that kids can play with in six mini-games. It's intended for kids age 3 to 8, and kids can easily take the kitten for a ride on a toy, play a game of hide-and-seek, paint paw prints, and do more by simply tapping objects in the room. Kids also can feed and pet the kitten and listen to it purr. Parents can set a time limit for kids' play, at which time the kitten will go to sleep. Note: This app is not compatible with iPad 2, iPhone 4s, iPad Mini1, and iPod5 with iOS 9. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play LITTLE KITTEN - MY FAVORITE CAT, watch the intro video. Tap on the kitten's bow tie and welcome him into the home. Tap the staircase to send the kitten into the bedroom, where you can play a game with blocks. Cycle through all the mini-games, including a ride on a toy ambulance or skateboard, a catch-the-mouse paint game, a game of hide-and-seek, and more. When you want to leave a game, just tap the outline of the kitten. Pet the kitten by swiping a finger down its back. If parents want to set a time limit, the kitten goes to sleep when time is up.

Is it any good?

From the first peek into the box during the intro story, this kitten will capture the hearts of cat-loving kids (and parents), but don't expect learning. Little Kitten - My Favorite Cat's best feature is the simple interactions with the realistic -- and really cute -- kitten. The mini-games are relaxed fun, especially hide-and-seek, but they're not engaging enough to play for long stretches of time. That's probably good news for parents who don't want their kids stuck on an app. There's one game that's described as an "educational mini-game," but calling it educational (even when paired with the word "mini") is a stretch. Kids simply tap the cat's paw or head out of a box to catch some dropping objects, which are paired with a corresponding number at the beginning of each game round. Overall, this adorable app is casual fun for kitten lovers everywhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how caring for and playing with a real kitten is quite different from the games in Little Kitten - My Favorite Cat. This adorable virtual kitten may prompt many kids to want a real cat. Talk about the differences between having a virtual pet (no litter box!) and a real one.

  • If you choose to set a time limit for your kid on this app by "putting the kitten to sleep" in the settings, use this as a casual opportunity to talk with your kid about using screens in balance with other activities. Even virtual kittens need a break from screens!

  • Talk through some of the mini-games, such as the hide-and-seek game, with your kid as they're playing. Observing how they think through these fun games can offer clues to helping them in real-life challenges.

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