Pokémon Playhouse

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Simple games initiate kids to hook 'em while they're young.

Parents say

age 2+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize and name Pokémon characters. They'll also get some light practice with early learning themes like music, puzzles, matching, and following directions.

Ease of Play

Games are clearly explained and easy to play, but it's not always clear when tapping around the screen will make something happen.

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Consumerism

No outright advertising and no purchase opportunities in the app; however, the app itself is a tie-in to the Pokémon brand.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon Playhouse lets kids get to know the Pokémon characters through quick, simple mini-games. A friendly guide gives lots of help and explanations throughout, which can be helpful for younger kids but may get annoying for older ones. The app is completely free, with no ads and no content locked behind a pay wall. However, parents should be aware that the main purpose of the app seems to be an attempt to introduce Pokémon to kids at an early age. Though the games are clearly for young kids, even Pokémon-obsessed adults may get a kick out of interacting with and collecting the characters. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

User Reviews

Parent of an infant year old Written byHolly R. November 13, 2017

This game is educational and adorable

It's a wonderful educational game for little kids and if your child is old enough to work a tablet then this is a good little game. There's no violenc... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Enter POKÉMON PLAYHOUSE to meet and interact with Pokémon characters. In each of four locations, kids play mini-games with randomly generated characters. Tap the right Pokémon to play a tune, connect the dots to see a Pokémon in the stars, feed the characters their preferred berries, or choose a story to read, for example. The more games kids complete, the farther they get in hatching Pokémon eggs to add more characters to their collection.

Is it any good?

Cutesy characters abound in this easily accessible game that introduces Pokémon to the wee ones, but simplistic games could have more depth. A friendly guide welcomes kids aboard to explore, meet Pokémon, and "make friends." The guide then accompanies kids wherever they go to offer lots of explanation on how to play. Kids who get how to play the game and have trouble being patient may find it frustrating to be stalled listening to the guide at every turn. Gameplay is appropriate for small kids (there are no Pokémon battles here) but is repetitive and not very imaginative. And some -- like the puzzle game -- are so simple that they miss a chance to offer kids a bit of a challenge. Don't be fooled by the free content: The games aren't anything particularly special, but they are a great way to set kids up to be future Pokémon consumers. That makes Pokémon Playhouse most appealing for Pokémon-obsessed parents who want to share their interest with their young kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about and explore the Pokémon Playhouse and Pokémon franchise together. Parents who want to share their own fun with Pokémon can make the game into an opportunity for family bonding.

  • Expand on some of the learning themes lightly introduced in the mini-games. Talk about melodies and other musical terms, put together puzzles offscreen, read plenty of books, learn about constellations, and take frequent trips to the playground.

  • Parents may want to explain to kids that "freebies" are often ways to get kids interested in buying something later on, pointing out all the marketing for Pokémon and the different things that playing it may make them want to purchase.

App details

For kids who love Pokémon and preschool apps

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