Miga Forest

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Animal wonderland has beautiful graphics, not much action.

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

Educational Value

The names of 14 different animals. Kids can practice fine motor skills to complete the puzzles, drag small objects around the screen.

Ease of Play

Play is as simple as tapping around the screen to drag items or puzzle pieces into place.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miga Forest is an open-ended platform for playing with animals in a variety of habitats. Assemble 14 animals by completing puzzles, and then move them around the forest, savannah, winter landscape, jungle, or desert. Kids can tap and hold the reset button on the home screen to clear away the animals and start fresh. Some of the objects to move around are small and require precise fine motor skills; younger kids may have trouble with this. Though Miga Forest is a paid app for iOS, it's free for Android at the time of review. Though the developer's website is in Chinese, the privacy policy is in English; read it for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

When kids enter MIGA FOREST, they can swipe from left to right to change the environment and find themselves in a desert, a savannah, and so on. After you tap on the tree icon to choose from 14 animal puzzles, complete the puzzle to put the animal together, and then place it in the play space. Move animals and many of the items on the screen around to play and explore. Kids can tap on the book icon to review the animals they've collected or do the puzzle again.

Is it any good?

Although the animals look great, there just isn't enough to do with them to keep most kids interested. Miga Forest starts out well, with inviting graphics and fun puzzles. Sure, kids can move the animals around and laugh at placing an ostrich next to a horse in the jungle. But, there's so little to interact with, it likely won't be satisfying for long. And the collection of animals and environments can feel just plain awkward. It's odd -- and misleading -- to see a squirrel, an iguana, a camel, and a tiger in a snow-covered winter landscape, for example. Though it's fun to look at Miga Forest, it's less interesting to play in it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals and environments in Miga Forest. Name each animal as kids complete the puzzles, and help kids place the animals in their natural habitats.

  • Encourage kids to tell stories about the animals as they play. Who are the animals, and what are they doing?

  • Help children learn more about animals. Visit the local zoo, watch nature documentaries, or visit the library to find books about your kids' favorite animals.

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