What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pocket Frogs is a game that lets kids simulate catching and breeding frogs. A major part of the game involves cross-breeding frogs to create new breeds. You can breed two frogs by making one hop on top of another (see "Sex" above). Parents should also be aware that impatient kids may be tempted to spend real money on "potions" and "stamps" that will help speed up their games. Unlike some other games that offer speed-up items for real money, though, Pocket Frogs can easily be played for long periods of time without the need to hasten the pace at all. Players on Android devices must play on the Mobage social gaming network, and Mobage requires account holders to be at least 14.
What kids can learn
- life cycle
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- analyzing evidence
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
A sophisticated app with gorgeous graphics that pulls kids into managing a collection of frogs. While there's not much to the gameplay, there's a thrill in creating a new frog breed and trading to complete a collection.
While kids can learn about breeding, collecting, selling, and trading imaginary frog species, using real species would position the app in the learning realm. The buried, text-only links to real frog info are not likely to be noticed.
A menu with stats allows kids to determine whether to breed, feed, trade, or race their frogs. The PocketFrogsWiki website gives kids a portal to extended learning, interaction, and trading.
What's it about?
It doesn't take kids long to start tapping on lily pads to catch dragonflies. When they tap on a frog, a menu with maturity, happiness, value, rarity, speed, and stamina stats allows kids to determine whether to breed, feed, trade, or race their frogs. The nursery (via “N” at bottom middle) is where baby frogs are cared for until maturity. The main menu offers a catalog, Froggydex, Frogmart, and awards for collecting challenges, as well as opportunities to buy supplies (some for free coins, some for real dough).
Is it any good?
While there's not actually much to the gameplay in POCKET FROGS -- to interact with a frog, you simply make it hop across lily pads and eat dragonflies -- the collecting aspect is going to be a winner with kids who love trading cards. There's a thrill in either finding or, through cross-breeding, creating a new frog breed. It's even more exciting to discover that a new frog is one of the "rare" breeds. The graphics are very nice, and you can fill out your habitats with a lot of customization elements. While the temptation to spend real money on speed-up items is there, there's not nearly as much pressure to use them as there is in some other games. You're not as likely to quickly dead-end at a point where you're stuck with nothing else to do unless you use a speed-up item.
Families can talk about...
Go on an amphibian hunt but maintain respect for the creatures by leaving them in their native habitat and not touching them. If you don't live in an area with lots of frogs, visit a local pet store to observe them.
The Pocket Frogs Wiki website gives kids a portal to extended learning, interaction, and trading.