Parents' Guide to

Magicall Family Video Chat

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Play simple games on video calls; tech issues may interfere.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Entertainment
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Simple, fun activities add some extra spark to video calls, though technical issues might get in the way of smooth interactions. For kids who find it hard to sit in front of a screen to chat with a far away loved one, Magicall Family Video Chat may offer a great way to stay engaged. The games and activities are nothing all that innovative, but they do offer a way to insert a simple activity that most kids will enjoy into a typical family video chat. It's a little less appealing to sit on a video chat to watch a half-hour long YouTube video, but that might appeal to some. Some elements may not work for every family's sense of humor, such as a Battleship-like game involving dropping bird poop, or Would You Rather questions like would you rather have your dad's dance moves or your dad's body hair.

The main problems with Magicall Family Video Chat are technical. For example, if people on both sides are coloring the same part of a drawing at the same time, it inevitably leads to continuing to color over each other's work, which some may find frustrating. Also, at the time of this review, calls kept dropping and video and audio came in and out. Families will want to check out how well they're able to hold a call before shelling out for the subscription.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (30 minutes call time/mo. included with the free download; subscribe for unlimited call time and full access to activities: $4.99/month or $49.99/year)
  • Release date: August 20, 2021
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Let's Play Technologies, Inc
  • Version: 1.0.18
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.3 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: September 7, 2021

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