Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Buy stuff for awww-inspiring kittens; optional purchases.

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age 6+
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Ease of Play

Very easy to play, with a simple tutorial that leads players through the play options, but it does require patience.

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A "Buy Gold fish" icon is prominently displayed on the shop page (in-app purchases range from $0.99 for 50 gold fish to a max of $3.99 for 300), and there's no parent gate. A few ads for other apps here, too.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector resembles pet-care-simulation games, except this game is mostly passive and more about collection. Players get some in-game currency to get started and then can play for free, but younger players especially will be tempted to buy the fanciest toys and food to attract more cats, and there's no parent gate. Gold fish can be purchased ($0.99 to $3.99) to improve buying power, and players can also take pictures of the kittens for an album. Because activity in the app makes more cats appear, kids may be compelled to play and check the app a lot. At the time of review, there's no privacy policy readily available, the website is in Japanese, and some links can't be translated.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byPassionforWriting42 March 14, 2016

So cute!

I'm just going to put 5 and up because, like many other games, there's no boundary to making a purchase, and most children 5 and up are smart enough t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLuiDog April 4, 2016

THIS APP IS ADORABLE AND CUTE

THIS IS THE CUTEST APP I HAVE EVER PLAYED. In this game, you need to set out food for kitties, and wait. You come back and there are cats! This is where it gets... Continue reading

What's it about?

First, watch a brief tutorial for NEKO ATSUME: KITTY COLLECTOR that leads you through the (very few) steps required to play. Then, tap Menu and Shop to buy a few items (food, a ball of yarn). Next, tap Goodies to place the items in the yard to attract kittens. It's important that players note how many regular fish and gold fish they have because they can only purchase items within that limit (or buy more gold fish with real money). Then, it's all about waiting for the first kitty to appear. Once that happens, check the Cat Book for the name of the cat and its specific characteristics, take photos of the cat, and buy more stuff. Sometimes a message appears saying that you have "gifts," and you can accept those. Players need to return to the game many times before they'll see many cats, and sometimes all the cats may be gone, so you'll need to add new items.

Is it any good?

There's something satisfying and appealing about collecting the cats and buying them treats, but make sure kids know your rules around purchases. The animation style is distinctly Japanese; the kittens and objects to purchase (including sashimi) are just a cute as can be. Players watch the kittens being adorable by rolling balls of yarn and getting their heads stuck in cake boxes as they wave their little tails in the air. However, kids have to wait for new kittens to appear, which could lead to lots of device checking. Also, though you can change a cat's name in the book, it's unfortunate that there aren't more opportunities for users to interact with the game, such as by adding their own notes. For kids who like to collect things and love all things cute and simple, this is a perfect fit: Just make sure they don't spend a fortune or compulsively check for new cats.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your in-app purchase rules. Are kids allowed to make purchases? If so, for how much and how often?

  • Talk about the appeal of this type of game. Is it distracting? Do you find yourself wanting to check the app often? If not, why not?

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