A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The app is mostly intuitive, even for preschoolers, but the instructions are written without verbal cues.
Products & Purchases
The game is based on the Mega Bloks brand, and there is a link to the publisher's website from the main menu page.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mega Bloks Playground is a cute, age-appropriate app for preschoolers. The setting is a playground, complete with swing, seesaw, slides, hot-air balloon, rowboat, and piles of Mega Bloks to build with. The characters at the playground are a little boy and a little girl who can walk around, use the equipment, and build with the blocks. When a child collects three piles of blocks, they will build something, like a plane or car. In addition to the iPhone/iPod touch app, Mega Blocks HD is available for the iPad for $1.99.
Is It Any Good?
MEGA BLOKS PLAYGROUND doesn't have a lot of substance, but it's colorful and full of things young children love. Toddlers and preschoolers will most likely enjoy exploring the app to see what everything does. Other than building Mega Bloks statues (which aren't all that interesting once complete), there isn't much replay value. Fortunately, it's not a very expensive app.
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