By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Kids help cute stories progress; only one free story.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Can learn visual storytelling skills (stories can work without words) and a very basic principle of using technology.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play. Watch for visual cues, then tap or swipe.
Violence & Scariness
In the free story, when the fox plays his radio too loudly, it explodes and it appears that the fox becomes burned.
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Products & Purchases
"More Apps" icon on the app's home screen. Open the app for the first time, and the screen lands on one of the for-purchase stories. Actual purpose blocked by simple math problem.
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Pango Storytime Review
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What’s It About?
Tap the Play icon to enter PANGO STORYTIME. View the one free story "Pango Good Night" by swiping left and tapping it. Tap or swipe each shaking object -- for example, a bush, a slingshot, a window -- on the screen to progress through the story. Swipe objects into puzzle-piece places to complete a mini-puzzle. When you've completed the scene, stars will appear. The free story, "Pango Good Night" is about Pango preparing for night time, going to bed, becoming scared of things in the dark, and conquering those fears. Return to the main screen, swipe right to view the other stories, which require in-app purchase ($1.99/ea. or $4.99/all) to play.
Is It Any Good?
This is a charmingly cute, easy to use interactive storybook app for preschoolers, though the very visible purchases can cause trouble. Pango Storytime makes every interactive element very clear, which eliminates the aimless tapping that often gets preschoolers frustrated. The free story about Pango's battle with bedtime fears may be helpful for kids who struggle with the same issue. One downside: Kids as young as three will likely enjoy this app, but what they won't enjoy is viewing all of the locked stories alongside the free one. Pairing those stories in this way may be good for business, but not great for peace between preschoolers and their parents. Better to place the in-app purchases elsewhere and let parents decide whether to introduce that option to their kid after trying the free story.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Pango Storytime's interactive elements as conversation starters. Ask your kid: What happened when you tapped on the door? It opened! What happened when you tapped the radio? It's louder!
Watch the free story with your kid and talk about how Pango makes bedtime less scary. What can we do to make bedtime peaceful?
Even though this app is for very young kids, since there's only one free story here, this may be a good opportunity to start thinking and talking about your family's in-app purchases guidelines. Read Common Sense Media's 5 Ways to Curb Your Kids' In-App Purchases on the iPhone.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Free to try (in-app purchases for more stories $1.99 to $4.99)
- Release date: June 21, 2017
- Category: Educational Games
- Publisher: Studio Pango
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: October 7, 2021
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