Nom Plant

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

There are virtually no instructions, which means a lot of trial and error to learn how to play the game.

 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Players will see frequent ads. A subscription is offered that removes the ads and provides other perks for $4.99 a week.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nom Plant is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. Players end up watching ads often after each round -- even if they've declined the offer to view one to keep playing. On a positive note, there are some encouraging messages as they play, and the app involves a single-player game, so gamers won't come into contact with strangers. But they may feel some pressure to sign up for a subscription to get more coins, and the fee is pretty hefty -- there's a a three-day free trial, but a subscription otherwise costs $4.99 a week. Without one, you'll end up watching a lot of ads if you misjudge the distance to the next ledge and the round ends. Other than that, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In NOM PLANT, players swipe upward to grow their plant's stem and move to the next platform. As they advance higher, they can swallow candy, soda, and coins and need to avoid sharp obstacles. If you hit one -- or fail to reach the next platform and fall -- you'll lose a life. Lose too many lives, and the round will end. Players can use coins or watch an ad to keep playing; they can also watch an ad to get a new pot. Magic beans that are occasionally found can be planted and will eventually hatch into a new plant character you can use when playing.

Is it any good?

The reliance on ads and the lack of instructions makes this simple game less enjoyable after a very short while. In Nom Plant, players don't get much instruction when they start playing. Luckily, the basic gist of the app is pretty simple. You drag your finger upward to extend your plant, stopping when you reach a ledge or other object the plant can sit on. That said, you don't have unlimited time to grow -- your plant's ascent can suddenly stop, and if you're not on safe ground, it will fall, using up one of your lives for the round. The distance and speed by which you can travel doesn't always feel like iconsistent, which can make strategizing confusing, and some levels seem to contain impossibly high objects that no amount of swiping will help you reach. 

When you fall too many times, you can't keep playing unless you have at least 75 coins -- an amount that takes a while to earn. Without it, you'll be forced to watch an ad to continue, which really slows things down. In theory, twisting your plant upward through the sky, trying to avoid certain obstacles and collect others, could be an enjoyable game. But with so many rounds seemingly designed with heights that will require you to fall at least once, and no way to try again unless you pay money or watch an ad -- which you'll see plenty of, even if you're doing well -- Nom Plant's fun factor withers pretty quickly after you start playing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about perseverance. Why is it important to not give up -- and how can you keep going when you're frustrated?

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  • Can your child think of a real-life example of how create a plan to handle an issue? Why is that important when it comes to planning your moves in games like Nom Plant?

  • Does your child feel pressured to buy something to get the full experience -- or is it possible to play without spending any money?

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App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Subscription price: A subscription is available for $4.99 a week.
  • Release date: July 25, 2019
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 88.00 MB
  • Publisher: Lucky Kat Studios
  • Version: 1.3.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 5.0 and up and iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: February 12, 2020

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