Monster Park - AR Dino World

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Dino AR is cool but would be awesome with more to do.

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Educational Value

While Monster Park - AR Dino World was created with educational intent, it has limited learning potential.

Ease of Play

Controls and directions are generally clear, but sometimes instructions/information is too vague. 

Violence & Scariness

Kids are told to "hit" the dinosaur several times immediately upon launching the experience. The dinosaur roars and eventually falls to the ground. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Pressure to buy add-on packs with no parent gate, as well as links to purchase other games from the publisher, also with no parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Monster Park - AR Dino World allows kids to view dinosaurs on their devices in an augmented reality (AR) environment. The app comes with one dinosaur; in-app purchases for more dinosaurs or a dragon are $0.99. Kids can use only one dinosaur at a time. The first instruction kids are given when the dinosaur appears on-screen is to hit it. There's no explanation as to why, and there are only one or two other ways to actually interact with the creatures. There's a lot of pressure to buy the add-on packs, and there are links to purchase the publisher's other games. There are no parent gates, so parents will need to rely on device controls. Also note that while the app is in the Education category, there are no dinosaur facts included in the app at the time of review. 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?

MONSTER PARK - AR DINO WORLD is an augmented reality (AR) experience allowing kids to interact with dinosaurs either in an immersive natural environment (just going outside) or projected (on-screen) into their living room. Kids start by scanning the space in front of them to "place" the dinosaur in their world There are two options: arena and portal modes. Arena places the dinosaur at a distance so kids can observe and control it from above. The portal mode places a larger dinosaur on-screen and makes the user feel like they are looking at it head-on. Kids can also "go through" the portal and explore the dinosaur's environment. The app comes with a T. Rex, but via in-app purchase, parents can add a Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, and Stegosaurus or a dragon. Once the dinosaur is loaded, the app prompts kids to hit the dinosaur, watch the Pteranodons, and tap to make the dinosaur move. Kids can toggle the background scenery, as well as the Pteranodons, so they can create their own images and videos using real-world people and objects in front of the camera. Kids can share those images and videos through device sharing options.

Is it any good?

There's definitely something cool about making videos of your friends alongside a ferocious dinosaur, but more ways to interact and learn would make this a great experience. Monster Park - AR Dino World has the wow factor of bringing dinosaurs to life and creating a way for us to take pictures and videos with them. For some users, that's enough. But others will ask, now what? There are no dinosaur facts to learn, and the dinosaurs don't interact with the environment. Since you can only place one on the screen at a time, they just sort of wander aimlessly with nothing to do. They're gorgeous to look at, though, and dinosaur fans will be thrilled to share the lens with their favorite creatures through the use of AR, especially as the app allows you to adjust lighting for the perfect shot. It just might be more fun if you could feed them or see them interact with others, and it's important to note that, though it's in the Education category, kids are unlikely to learn much about dinosaurs from the app. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dinosaurs in Monster Park - AR Dino World. What do you already know about dinosaurs? Do you have any questions? Which dinosaur is your favorite?

  • Discuss in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?

  • Talk about the experience. What's it like to see an augmented-reality version of a dinosaur and explore its world? What features would you add to the app if you could?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Subjects: Science: animals
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (free for one dinosaur; additional content packs are $0.99 each)
  • Release date: February 11, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Dinosaurs
  • Size: 181.40 MB
  • Publisher: Vito Technology
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later

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