What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pou is a Tamagachi-like game, where players must entertain, feed and bathe an amorphous creature. The point of the app is to teach responsibility, though there are visible effects of shirking those duties, which could be more amusing for some kids (i.e Pou gets dirty and his eyes get very shaky and large when he's hungry or tired). There are also in-app purchase opportunities that kids may take advantage of to improve their Pou.
What kids can learn
- time management
Responsibility & Ethics
- respect for others
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy the responsibility of taking care of (and upgrading/dressing) an electronic creature -- and will want to interact with it on a regular basis.
Pou shows kids that creatures (such as pets) must be taken care of if they're going to prosper and survive. The lessons in responsibility are baked into the gameplay experience.
The game offers just moderate help, but is familiar enough that it's fairly self-explanatory. Pou responds instantly to stimuli.
What's it about?
Players must take care of a Pou, an amorphous creature that is under their care, ensuring that it's bathed, plays, sleeps, and eats. Feeding is a matter of dragging and dropping food to its mouth, while sleep requires swiping to another room of the house and turning off the lights. The games vary, but most are direct offshoots of popular apps (like Doodle Jump), which makes them easy for kids to learn.
Is it any good?
Some adults will hate Pou, but their kids will probably love it. Like any Tamagotchi game, there's the thrill of responsibility and the reward of seeing your Pou grow. Some kids, though, might enjoy torturing the creature and watching it suffer.
Kids will like the games included in the app, in part because they're quite simplistic and offshoots of popular real-world sports (like soccer) or popular apps (like Doodle Jump). There's also a talkback feature, where the creature will repeat what kids say into their device's microphone -- something sure to engage young ones. And the ability to change the creature's look will charm them as well. Just keep an eye on their coins, as the urge to spend real-world money on these virtual items will likely be high for them.
Families can talk about...
If you have a family pet, delegate some of the responsibility for its care to your kids to help kids transfer what they're learning in the app to the real world.
Don't have a family pet? A small fish is a low-cost, low-commitment way to give kids the experience of being responsible for another living creature.