Parents' Guide to

My Town : Discovery

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Subscription sim offers lots of content and some concerns.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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Is It Any Good?

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There's a lot for kids to explore and manipulate in this large, complex virtual town, but the imperfect controls and consumerism concerns make it less hospitable. With a long list of locations, lots of objects, mini activities to engage with, and regular content additions, kids who enjoy expressing themselves through a pretend virtual world will find plenty to spark their imagination. Controls are sometimes a bit clunky though. For example, to enter a location, rather than simply tapping on the location or the door, kids have to tap the entrance, then tap on the arrow that appears. Some objects are small, and it's hard to tap in the right place to move them around. Despite the huge download size, some graphics are not as sharp as they could be and there's not a whole lot of diversity in the available characters. Because the developer has partnered with the Discovery Channel, they are promoting My Town : Discovery as educational. Yet, other than some fun facts for kids to read during load times, and a few informational activities in the museum location, there's not much educational content here. Also, the consumerism aspects are of possible concern for parents. Ads abound in the free version, and most content is visible but unavailable. Parents need to pay a high subscription price to get around that. And the system of collecting hearts to unlock more stuff encourages kids to keep playing.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : storytelling
  • Skills: Creativity : imagination
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Limited content and ads with free download. Unlock all content and get rid of ads by subscribing for $4.99/month or $34.99/year. Try it first with 3-day free trial.)
  • Release date: September 28, 2019
  • Category: Family Games
  • Publisher: My Town Games LTD
  • Version: 1.07
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: June 1, 2022

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