MovieStarPlanet

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Messy mix of suggestive chats, glitz, and consumerism.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play, practically speaking, but very little context to provide meaning to use.

Violence
Sex

Suggestive usernames, suggestive clothing (including shirtless male characters), essentially open chat for sexual content, as users can work around the filter.

Language

A filter blocks obvious profanity, but users can work around it. YouTube video content not guaranteed to ban profanity.

Consumerism

All things consumerism, glitz, and celebrity lifestyle, all the time. Coins appear and rain down for numerous reasons, with multiple options throughout the app to spend those coins. Some sections are restricted until users purchase a VIP pass via in-app purchases, which range from only a couple of dollars to $69.99.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MovieStarPlanet is a simulation with chat, games, and videos based on the website of the same name. The app is free, but certain areas of the app are restricted unless users purchase VIP status or other packages, which range from $3.99 to $69.99. Gift boxes often appear and open to reveal coins for players to spend on items to dress themselves or decorate their rooms. In terms of iffy content, chat does not allow common profanity, but suggestive language isn't removed. Also, male characters can walk around shirtless. There are YouTube videos included in the app, as well as "movies" created by users with characters within the sim. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 7, and 11 year old Written byMelissa H. April 23, 2017
Adult Written byVal W. December 6, 2017

Very Scary

There is a chat room in this game, the kids select their school (all the schools in my area were there) they choose a grade, and they chat with other "kids... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old November 19, 2016

Hackers inappropriate language

This game is probably the worst game for kids they are literally asking kids for emails all they do is let you reset your password not tell parents what they DO... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byzarnscar000 December 13, 2016

Cool

You should go on this site you will probably like it.I do so much.You should too!

What's it about?

To begin, tap New User on MOVIESTARPLANET, and then enter a new username and password. Enter a birth month and year (which must fall between 1999 and 2012 because those are the only years listed) and get four "gifts" including coins. Then an avatar guide appears to lead you on a tour and asks you to "Friend" her by accepting her friend request. Play options include games, chat, "MSP buzz," shopping, movie town, pets, animations, clothes, and more. Tap to chat, and more options appear for places on the sim where you can go to chat with other players (strangers or friends). A player has to be a "VIP Member" to enter some chat areas. Tap on the gift boxes that appear randomly around the screen, and the gift opens and coins pour out for the user to spend.

Is it any good?

Some simulation games are interesting or inspiring, but this one is all about shallow experiences. MovieStarPlanet has very few positive qualities, other than that it does filter common profanity and allows for some creativity in making movies and decorating. It's not clear what age group this app is intended for, as the only years listed during registration are 1999 to 2012, but this app is too simplistic for teens' meaningful use, and the content is not appropriate for younger kids. Answering quizzes about which short-shorts are most "popular" (popular with whom?) to get coins and leveling up for obscure reasons is confusing and negates any activity on this app that relies on skill. It also reinforces messages about consumerism and appearance that parents may not want to reinforce. Ultimately, there are far better choices for kids and teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a worthwhile sim experience (and why MovieStarPlanet is lacking many of those elements)? What are some subjects that could be meaningful to chat about on a sim (shared game strategies, DIY ideas, fan favorites)?

  • Talk about the celebrity lifestyle. This app glorifies celebrity and consumerism, but what are the downsides? 

  • Discuss your family's rules about in-app purchases. If you give your tween or teen a virtual allowance, are you OK with them spending it on any in-app purchase, or are there guidelines?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Release date: October 11, 2016
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 106.00 MB
  • Publisher: MovieStarPlanet
  • Version: 20.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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