Nasty Goats

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Goats get grub and avoid a farmer on Nick show tie-in.

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

Ease of Play

Brief tutorial is available on intro screen; very simple mechanics.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

"More Nick" icon on the app's intro screen; parent gate is a simple math problem. Other app ads also appear between game rounds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nasty Goats is a silly, simple game where kids help goats get garbage for points. Players hold and slide two fingers up the screen to move the garbage-grabbing goats while avoiding monsters and outrunning an angry farmer. Kids earn points to buy power-ups and extras to accessorize or change their goats and background scenes. The app is a tie-in to the Nickelodeon show Game Shakers (as is the app Sky Whale) so kids familiar with the TV show may recognize that. 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?

Keep two goats moving in NASTY GOATS by using two fingers at once to press and hold both goats on the screen as you move forward through a trash- and monster-filled obstacle course. The longer your goats stay on a trash-eating "streak," the more points you'll earn. Watch out, because the mean farmer is close behind, ready to rope the goats and take them back to the farm if you don't move fast enough to stay a few steps ahead of him. Once the farmer catches up, the round is finished. Points are tallied in the right corner of the screen and can be used in the treasure chest to buy custom stuff for your goat, a new goat, or power-ups for better play. 

Is it any good?

As far as silly arcade games go, this one is pretty tame and uses an original two-finger touch mechanic that kids will like. Though this isn't an educational app, when players select "power-ups" to help the goats collect more garbage and choose items to customize their goats, they have to stay within the limit of the point total they've earned on the obstacle course, which could add a dash of math to the fun, though it's not guaranteed. The bothersome ads for other apps that appear in between game rounds is really the only garbage aside from the goats' chow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about savings points (in the form of coins) to buy power-ups or accessories. This game can be used as a (very) lightly educational addition and subtraction math-practice game, if kids notice prices of the items and keep tabs on their point totals until they've saved to buy multiple items.

  • If your kid watches the Nickelodeon show Game Shakers, discuss how this app ties into the show. This is a good opportunity to clue your kid into cross-promotion in advertising. 

App details

For kids who love endless runners and arcade games

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