Olaf's Adventures

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Silly yet frustrating fun with chilly Frozen favorite.

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Ease of Play

Kids (or parents) will need to visit the information/help section to be able to find all 10 snowflakes on each level, as they're very difficult to find.

Violence & Scariness

Marshmallow (the yeti) attacks Olaf with snowballs. Olaf is (bloodlessly) impaled on an icicle, and his head pops off frequently. Kids throw apples at a teasing Olaf.

Sexy Stuff

Olaf talks about his butt and tinkling.


Olaf and the entire Frozen line are heavily cross-marketed with toys and other products. Links to other apps are protected behind a "grown-ups only" screen lock. Other seasons can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Olaf's Adventures is a paid app starring Frozen's goofy snowman that also potentially includes in-app purchases. Kids guide Olaf around a wintry scene (spring also can be downloaded for free), exploring the surroundings and discovering snowflakes. The goal is to find 10, but happening upon them becomes quite challenging toward the end. Help is available by tapping the magnifying glass, but even that may not prove helpful enough, so younger kids might get frustrated. 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?

OLAF'S ADVENTURES begins in winter, where an on-screen hand prompts kids what to do -- starting with knocking off Olaf's head. From there, kids move Olaf around the scene, encountering adventures such as sledding down the snowy hill, inspecting (and being impaled on) an icicle, dodging snowballs, and more, each earning a snowflake. Once he's collected 10, he earns a prize for Elsa. In spring, which can be unlocked with an in-app purchase, Olaf's adventures include dodging apples thrown at him, searching for his missing head in barrels, and more.

Is it any good?

Olaf is his endearing, silly self in this adventure, which is totally delightful, but the game itself is a bit hard for the youngest Frozen fans, which may be a disappointment to them. In-app purchases in an already paid game also are rather frustrating, for both parents and kids, even with some items offered for free. Kids have to stop playing and get a parent's assistance to play the springtime section of the game, which includes activities that are more entertaining and varied than the winter scenes. At review time, summer is shown in-app but is not yet available for purchase, further adding to the frustration. Parents will have to weigh the fun against the multiple frustrations to determine if Olaf's Adventures is right for their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite silly Olaf sayings, both from the movie and the app.

  • Kids may need parental help in discovering all the snowflakes, some of which are quite tricky to find.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: $1.99 (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Winter is included for free. Spring is an in-app purchase (at the time of review, it is offered for free but must be downloaded in-app). Summer is coming soon.)
  • Release date: September 11, 2014
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Book Characters
  • Size: 80.00 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 12, 2020

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