Pogo Games

 
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Learning(i)

Free app offers five casual game staples with plenty of ads.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The games are all very easy to control with adequate instructions.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The app is a mobile tie-in to Pogo.com, EA's web-based casual games portal. The main menu contains a link to purchase more EA games, and a scrolling banner prompts you to upgrade, to visit Pogo's Facebook page, etc. An ad plays before each game starts, then players click "Learn More," "Skip," and in some cases "Get Free App!" "Learn More" takes players to the advertiser's site in a self-contained window. The app frequently prompts players to sign up for a paid Club Pogo membership, or to pay to upgrade the app to get rid of the ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can use Facebook Connect to post game-related status updates, or sign in with a Pogo.com profile, which displays a personalized avatar and badges. All of this is optional. EA also collects usage information through the app; the company says it will not share personally identifiable information with third parties. Users have to opt out of usage sharing rather than opt in (choose the "About" icon to do this).

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • patterns

What Kids Can Learn

Pogo Games wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • patterns

Pogo Games wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
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

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  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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