A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pogo Games is a mobile extension of Pogo.com, an online casual games portal owned by Electronic Arts. The app offers full-featured versions of several Pogo games, including Poppit!, Word Whomp, Turbo 21, Mahjong Safari, and Sweet Tooth 2. The Kindle and Android versions have fewer games than the iOS version. The app is free to download but shows ads in between games unless 1) the player pays to upgrade the app 2) the player is an existing member of Club Pogo, which is Pogo.com's premium subscription level, or 3) the player purchases a new Club Pogo membership. Players 13 and up can register a Pogo.com profile account for free, which will allow them to earn badges and participate in leaderboards, but the free accounts get ads.
What's it about?
POGO GAMES is an advertising-driven app that puts several fun games in one place. The app ties in with Club Pogo, an Electronic Arts gaming site. Kids can play Poppit!, where they strategically position balloons so they can pop pairs of the same color. They can play Sweet Tooth 2, which is similar in strategy to Poppit!, where they position matching candies. They can also choose an electronic Blackjack game, Turbo 21, or Word Whomp, a timed word-making game, where kids make as many words as possible from the six given letters. The number of games varies depending on the platform.
Is it any good?
If you're a fan of casual time-wasters like Boggle or Bejeweled then you'll enjoy what Pogo Games has to offer. In Word Whomp, players try to spell as many words as they can in the time limit. Mahjong Safari puts a twist on mahjong where you can only match two tiles if they intersect in two straight lines. Turbo 21 is a car-themed variation of the card game 21 where you have four "lanes" to distribute the cards to total 21 in each. Poppit! is a puzzle game where you touch two or more like-colored balloons to pop them and clear the board, and Sweet Tooth 2 is a candy-themed match-3.
Mind you, you'll have to put up with the ad that loads up before each new game and the relentless prompting to upgrade the app or sign up for a paid Club Pogo membership -- either option gets rid of the ads.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 9, 2010
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up