A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not with educational intent.
Ease of Play
Mini-games lack instructions and help.
Products & Purchases
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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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