Minnie's Home Makeover

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Interior decorating is fabulous but expensive, even in play.

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Ease of Play

Verbal instructions walk kids through each step. There's no right or wrong way to decorate, and the controls are easy to manipulate.

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Kids can see all their decorating options, but most must be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Minnie's Home Makeover features Minnie Mouse, Cuckoo-Loca, and Daisy Duck as interior decorators. Kids help them decorate homes in differently themed neighborhoods, choosing the colors for the walls and floors, arranging the furniture, and adding accessories. Some choices are available with the free download, but most require an in-app purchase to unlock, either of individual theme packs or an all-in-one package to unlock everything. All the options are shown to kids, though, and they're taken to the purchase screen, which requires entering a numerical code from written numbers.

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What's it about?

In MINNIE'S HOME MAKEOVER, Minnie, Daisy, and Cuckoo-Loca lead kids through three neighborhoods, each filled with houses that need decorating. In each house, kids see a picture of the client and choose which room to decorate first. They paint or wallpaper the walls, choose windows and window coverings, lay the flooring, place furniture, and add accessories. Their decorations are saved unless they choose to redecorate a room. Once the house is finished, Minnie and friends stop by for a celebration, where confetti is blown into the room.

Is it any good?

Playing the fully unlocked version, kids will delight in expressing themselves with fun color schemes and cool furnishings, but those decorating on a budget will stare longingly at the options they can't use. Each house offers different decorating options, but the coolest features are windows, which change the outdoor scenery as you move them around the wall. It's possible to remove furnishing, but it involves dragging the item off the screen rather than an undo button, which may not be as intuitive. Overall, Disney quality and fun shine through, but the in-app purchases can add up, making this a less appealing choice than a premium app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which in-app purchases will be allowed before kids begin playing.

  • Let kids help rearrange furniture or organize their rooms. Ask them which colors from the app they'd put in their rooms if they could choose anything they wanted.

  • Kids can design a room offscreen, either on paper or using a cardboard box.

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