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Nick

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Fave shows on the go; cable login needed for full access.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

A tutorial video highlights all the features included, and tech savvy kids will have no problem navigating the grid.

Violence

Character-based games, like Republic City Run based on Legend of Korra, may contain mild video-game violence with fire and bombs and other objects being thrown at the characters. Full episodes or clips from some shows may contain similar violence. A clip from Big Time Rush shows some good-natured punching that goes on a bit too long.

Sex

Clips from shows like Winx Club portray animated characters in sexy clothing like short skirts, body-hugging tops, and high heels.

Language

There's a lot of typical Nickelodeon potty-talk. Nick star Jennette McCurdy shares a joke where the punch line involves no one being able to pee soup, and another clip features lots of talk about poop.

Consumerism

The whole purpose of the app is to promote Nickelodeon, the network. Each clip ends with "Catch more on Nick." Movie preview ads are also included within the clips. To view most full episodes, you have to log on using information from your cable service provider.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nick is a compilation of clips, quizzes, posts, and games based on Nickelodeon shows and characters. The programs are geared for older tweens and teens, and though mostly clean fun, are not appropriate for younger kids. Pranks and potty humor abound. The app is a promotional tool for the Nickelodeon network, so kids are encouraged after each clip to "Catch more on Nick."

What's it about?

Content galore is available in a grid that teens can scroll through. Clips from popular Nickelodeon shows are interspersed with tweets from Nick stars, quizzes, and posts -- which are short blog-like posts. There's also the occasional DO NOT TOUCH button, which of course, begs to be touched -- and gives kids a shock and a laugh when a giant gorilla takes over the screen or they get slimed. Kids can also pull the Nick switch on the left of the screen to see each character highlighted to easily access full episodes of their shows or other content featuring that character. Kids can star favorite characters and then see more of them on the grid. You'll have to enter their cable provider account information in order to watch most full episodes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

For fans of Nick, the iPad app is sure to please. There are lots of laughs and bits of interesting trivia that, along with the games and full episodes, will entertain for hours. For general browsing, the grid is pretty cool but borders on visual over-stimulation. Kids who have just a few favorite characters might prefer pulling the Nick switch and selecting just their favorites to make their grid more customized.

Shows with full episodes at the time of this review include Sam & Cat, Sanjay and Craig, See Dad Run, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers Megaforce. Some of the shows contain violence and other iffy content for younger kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their favorite Nick TV shows and how they are represented in the app. Does the app content make you enjoy the show more?

  • Families can also talk about setting screen-time so kids get a balance of activities, both online and off, in their day.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 21, 2013
Category:Entertainment
Topics:High school
Size:45.00 MB
Publisher:Nickelodeon
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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Kid, 9 years old May 29, 2014
7 and under should not play this
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old July 6, 2015

Boring Shows

The app is okay but the shows are super boring
Parent Written bysdfaded March 11, 2016

Disappointed

This app, at least for xbox is awful. We don't keep cable in the bedrooms for the purpose of not being in front of the TV forever but one thing I do like to do is sit with my son for a 20 minute episode an hour before bed. This app continually says "the app is having errors, please check back"....more often than not. The episodes are the same 6 on repeat. I don't see how it would be difficult for Nick to rotate the episodes once in a blue moon. There is only 1-2 shows that I find suitable for a 10 year old before bed that I can enjoy with him...it seems like little effort goes into this app.

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