A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There are four games to play in Mix'Em, all of which are straightforward and easy to use. There is a "How to Play" section on the help screen with instructions for each of the games as well.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the mix-and-match costumes include weapons such as the sheriff's guns, the knight's sword, and the pirate's sword. The app does not depict these weapons in use, however.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Before outfits are chosen for the characters they are shown wearing underclothes: undershirts and patterned shorts, about what would be expected of undressed paper dolls.
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Products & Purchases
There is a link to the developer's website on the About page.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mix'Em is a four-in-one game for children with mix-and-match costumes, a memory game, a section to learn spelling, and a game to match characters with relevant icons. The app is simple to use and appropriate for young kids, though very young children may need some assistance with the menus.
Is It Any Good?
MIX'EM has four sections that all use the same set of characters. The Mix'Em section allows you to dress a woman or a man in five outfits each -- headgear, torso, and legs -- plus change the background and play character-based sound effects. Connect'Em presents three icons, and the player must choose the correct character (e.g., handcuffs, a police cruiser, and a robber match the police officer). Match'Em is a standard memory game using the characters and icons. Spell'Em shows the names of the characters, reads them out loud, and then pronounces each letter while highlighting the letter.
The graphics and sound effects are nicely done, and children will enjoy playing with the games. However, Spell'Em is a bit weak -- there are only 10 words, and it's not really clear what age level this would work for. Overall, Mix'Em is a decent entry in the mix-and-match genre but doesn't necessarily introduce anything spectacular.
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