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What's it about?
LOUD HOUSE: ULTIMATE TREEHOUSE is all about building and buying. Kids join Lincoln Loud, his friend Clyde, and an ever-growing cast of characters as they build their dream tree house. Kids build rooms and then furnish the rooms with various items on demand of the in-game characters. Some furnishings provide goodies, such as batteries and comic books. These can then be sold to have enough money to buy more rooms and more items. Characters also have quests beyond building, such as calling a friend, making microwave popcorn, or reading a comic book. These actions also provide coins.
Is it any good?
This is one of those cool, every-kid-dreams-of-this ideas, but between ads and purchases without a parent gate, it's just not kid-friendly. Who wouldn't want to build their dream tree house? In Loud House: Ultimate Treehouse, kids have the chance to practice their design skills, but there's not a lot of room for creativity. It's a matter of waiting until characters ask for something and then providing it. There is some control over where things are placed, but that's about it. In the meantime, kids will do a lot of grinding to earn the coins to pay for whatever demands their characters issue next. The other thing that's missing is the flavor of the TV show. The characters are there, but they are too busy plotting their next purchase to do anything meaningful. Some kids will enjoy playing with characters from a favorite TV show, but there simply isn't a lot to grab onto here, and plenty of opportunities to spend.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about purchasing things in Loud House: Ultimate Treehouse and in general. What is your family culture around buying special items? Do you save up an allowance, earn money or gifts from helping out, or wait for birthdays and other special occasions?
Design your ideal tree house. What types of rooms would there be? Who would you want to be there with you?
Discuss in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: September 20, 2018
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 70.00 MB
- Publisher: Viacom International Inc.
- Version: 1.0.8
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
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