Pocket Frogs

Common Sense Media says

Fun, pretty frog sim could tempt kids to spend real money.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is very easy to play, and is likely to appeal to both casual and novice gamers.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

In order to breed two frogs, you make one hop on top of the other. Once this happens, though, all you see is a message asking if you want to breed the frogs. Click "yes" and there's suddenly an egg in your nursery.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Though not necessary to play the game, you can spend real money on "potions" that will make your frog eggs hatch instantly and on "stamps" that will make the items you order be delivered instantly. Without potions or stamps, you need to come back to the game hours later to see your new baby frogs or delivered items. Potion and stamp packs cost anywhere from $1 to $30. There is a button that links to ads for other apps, and iAds also appear in the app. The game also connects to a real-world frog-saving charity that asks for donations.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players on iOS devices can opt in to Game Center to track achievements and connect with friends playing the app. Players on Android devices play on the Mobage game network, logging in via Facebook or a Mobage account; Mobage requires account holders to be at least 14. Players can also can share their frogs via social media.

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

Subjects

Math

  • money
  • statistics

Science

  • life cycle
  • animals
  • biology

Hobbies

  • collecting
  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money
  • statistics

Science

  • life cycle
  • animals
  • biology

Hobbies

  • collecting
  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Kids can learn the joys of caring for, breeding, collecting, selling, and trading beautifully rendered, imaginary frog species. Gameplay is largely hopping around lily pads in the pond eating dragonflies -- yikes, 27 percent happy? Time for a trip to the pond! Players monitor the health of their frogs and can sell them when habitats get too crowded, buy frogs with virtual coins, or trade to complete a collection. Incorporating real species and their names would provide a powerful learning boost. Pocket Frogs is a sophisticated collecting app with gorgeous graphics and some hopping-good action, too.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 24, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Topics:Science and nature
Publisher:NimbleBit
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old August 24, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Very Dissapointing

I've heard so many good things about this app, but is it just me, or is this app only fun for a month or two? It seems like all the levels are very repudiative. It seems to me very annoying that they are always urging you to buy things. I deleted this app: Waste of space.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written bySkywalkergirl15 October 14, 2010
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Okay

Yeah, its a pretty good game but also pretty simple. All you do is breed frogs, breed frogs again, and breed more frogs. The object of the game is to get as many breeds as you can out of the 14,000. It is very much like tap fish so if you like that kind of game you will like this one.
Teen, 14 years old Written bypinktea4 March 12, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Cute game

This game is real cute you can go to the pond and try to get dragon flys for them to eat and find presents there you can breed and make different colors. but it can be boring but it's super cute!
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