A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Love Island The Game is a relationship simulation for iOS and Android devices. Some might feel pressured to spend money to purchase gems for in-game clothing and conversations, and they probably won't be able to watch unlimited episodes consecutively without buying additional passes. The app doesn't inundate users with ads -- they see one after watching an episode, but the episodes are long enough that the ads feel spaced out, although some are a bit racy. A fair amount of the content actually seems to be intended for an older audience. In addition to drinking, angry outbursts, and insults, characters frequently flirt and slip sexual insinuations into conversations, along with more overt comments.
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What's it about?
Based on the Love Island reality show, LOVE ISLAND THE GAME makes you a female contestant in a dating challenge. Characters pair up, and players choose reactions and responses when chatting with contestants and suitors. Each season's divided into days that contain several episodes, which need to be watched in order. You can only view a limited amount, though, before having to wait to see others. If you run out of passes, you can pay for access to new episodes or watch ads to earn gems, which can also be used on outfits and special conversations.
Is it any good?
Players may enjoy directing conversations, finding out where the storyline goes, and trying to decipher other people's personalities, but the scenarios are really for mature players only. In Love Island: The Game, players pair characters together and try to discuss their relationships over a series of episodes. Characters' feelings toward you are revealed in emoticons that appear after you speak, and the plot takes interesting turns at times. But to spend gems frequently on deluxe outfits or character interactions, though, you'll need to pay real money, because you only earn one gem per episode. Fortunately, your character's basic clothes are provided, and the conversations that cost gems aren't necessary to keep playing, so players should be able to watch and participate in episodes without cost -- at least for awhile. After finishing a few, you'll burn through the passes required to view them and will have to either wait for them to be replenished, or buy some with real-life money.
The viewing episode pauses are just one issue. Parents may not be crazy about the daytime drinking and sexually charged conversations that can occur. Characters discuss thinking other people have had sex, try to peek at a male contestant in the shower, and comment on how he looks naked when he exits it -- and that's just in the first few episodes. Some of the other behavior isn't great, either; two characters nearly get in a physical fight, and various female contestants seem frequently devious and jealous. Love Island The Game might serve as a fun way for adult fans of the show to experience what it'd be like to take part in it, but younger users would likely be better off staying ashore.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how characters are judged in the game, and how that may happen in real life. What issues might arise from judging someone based on their appearance?
Do you ever feel judged? Why is it important to not place too much emphasis on what other people think?
What qualities do you admire in others that have nothing to do with how they look?
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