Miss Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Fashion! - Pet Adventures

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Pricey, movie-themed collection of uninspired mini-games.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not with educational intent.

Ease of Play

Mini-games lack instructions and help. 

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Consumerism

Limited content free, and additional rooms are $3.99 each or $9.99 as a bundle. Link from the main menu leads to other games by the publisher, and full-screen pop-up ads for other apps frequently appear. Parent gate is simple multiplication problem. No in-game currency, but purpose of the game is to accumulate material things.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while Miss Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Fashion! - Pet Adventures seems like a free app, it's more like a demo. With only a little content unlocked, expect to shell out the extra cash for more rooms (at $3.99 each or $9.99 for the whole set). Past that, this series of mini-games is all about you making "movies" by playing mini-games and accumulating enough stuff to redecorate your mansion and stock your very fashionable pets' closets. It's heavy on the advertising for a game geared toward kids, with both links to the publisher's other apps and full-screen pop-up ads. Purchases require solving simple multiplication problems over and above any controls already on your device. Younger kids may struggle to get going with some of the mini-games, as most of them have no instructions or prompts. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

MISS HOLLYWOOD: LIGHTS, CAMERA, FASHION! - PET ADVENTURES draws kids into the world of glamorous pup Miss Hollywood. When Miss Hollywood arrives in -- you guessed it! -- Hollywood to visit her Granny Gabo, she finds that the mansion is in disarray. She bands together with friends to make movies and refurbish the old place. Kids choose a movie type, such as Bollywood, pirates, outer space, or helicopter adventure, and then play the corresponding mini-game to unlock clothes, furniture, and repairs to the mansion. Involving things like tapping on a character to jump over an obstacle, choosing the correct sets and props to match the director's requests, or tapping on pets at certain moments, the mini-games earn each pet one item at a time. An in-app purchase of $3.99 buys access to another room/pet, and $9.99 unlocks them all. 

Is it any good?

Kids who love movies and fashion may get a kick out of these pet adventures, but the mini-games are repetitive, and the cost to unlock the entire game is high for the depth of content. The intro to Miss Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Fashion! - Pet Adventures suggests some promise, and there's even some positive messaging about helping out family members in need. Sadly, it quickly becomes clear that the mini-games are just not very engaging: For example, the Bollywood scenes involve tapping on one of three pets when the spotlight touches them, which requires no skill and no timing. When the director informs you that he wants a meteor and a fairy-frilled puppy in his film, there's little talent required to pick them out of the small lineup. Even if you've forgotten, he reminds you with a picture that identically matches the items. Worse, the games are basically the same every time. Since the mansion magically renovates itself, there are no choices and little chance of creativity. Will kids be amused and entertained for a while? Possibly. But you'll probably want to stick with the free version before shelling out big bucks for an app that may get old very quickly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases. What are your family rules? Is it OK to spend money to unlock new areas of Miss Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Fashion! - Pet Adventures?

  • How do you like this app as compared to other apps you could play? If you had (or have) limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?

  • Talk about marketing and ads within apps. What are they trying to sell? What happens when you tap on one of the ads?

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