By Amanda Bindel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fave shows on the go; cable login needed for full access.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Nick wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
A tutorial video highlights all the features included, and tech savvy kids will have no problem navigating the grid.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Clips from shows like Winx Club portray animated characters in sexy clothing like short skirts, body-hugging tops, and high heels.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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."
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Based on 2 parent reviews
Same as DisneyNOW, you have to login to watch stuff
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 21, 2013
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: High School
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: October 18, 2019
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