My Little Pony: Harmony Quest

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Repetition, required purchases best put out to pasture.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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

Ease of Play

Could use a bit more instruction on what to do the first time out (for example, tap the button to run), but kids will likely figure it out quickly.

Violence & Scariness

Changelings hold ponies captive, My Little Pony characters chase Changelings, and kids are asked to fling objects (rocks, apples) at Changelings to progress. Each level ends with a "battle" (shown in silhouette cartoons) between the ponies and the Changelings.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Occasional ads, links to the publisher's other apps with no parental controls (other than at the device level), and in-app purchases without parental controls. Winning/progressing requires three additional ponies/worlds via purchase. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Harmony Quest is billed as a free app with-in app purchases, but it is more like an in-depth demo. The game comes with three ponies/worlds unlocked, but kids can't complete the overall mission without purchasing three additional ponies/worlds. Kids are often issued missions from the main screen that can't be completed without additional purchases, even if they haven't completed all the free content, and purchases lack a parent gate. Each level typically requires kids to throw rocks, apples, or other objects at the enemy Changelings. While app controls are simple, they often lack direction as to what to do, so some kids may be confused. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byOwen L. June 22, 2017

clicker with favorite characters

This is a very basic game, usually involving little more than clicks and swipes. Between that and beloved characters it's a fun game for young children. It... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Queen Chrysalis and her Changeling minions descend on Ponyville in MY LITTLE PONY: HARMONY QUEST. They capture ponies in cocoons and smash a magical stained glass window. They also steal the Elements of Harmony, shatter them, and scatter them over Equestria. Six ponies are charged with saving the kingdom. The free app includes Pinky Pie, Twilight Sparkle, and Apple Jack. To complete the mission, kids must purchase Rarity, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash. For each piece of the window or Element of Harmony, kids chase a Changeling, clearing obstacles and fighting the Changelings as they progress. Sometimes they break a cocoon to set a pony free. Each level requires two or more ponies. Once kids complete a number of levels, they'll get missions involving four ponies in areas of the map that are not unlocked, so they'll have to quit playing or buy more content to continue. 

Is it any good?

Though this brand usually features some positive messages, this is a repetitive, somewhat violent experience that requires little thought or skill and can't be completed without in-app purchases. Kids are given a mind-numbing chase through Equestria, tapping on a button to run, tapping on other buttons to bypass obstacles, and often flinging rocks and other objects at enemies. About 25 percent of the way into the experience, kids are no longer able progress through the story without in-app purchases, making this a demo app masquerading as a free app. Young kids who are big fans may just enjoy seeing their favorite characters, but older kids and adults will quickly see through the magic. Users have few opportunities to make decisions, no customization, and no way to make the experience their own. Parents may want to bypass this one for better offerings by the brand.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Why do the ponies throw things at the Changelings? What else could they do other than use violence?

  • Discuss your rules around in-app purchases. Is it OK to buy more content to complete the missions? If so, how much is OK to spend?

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

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