What parents need to know
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?
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.