A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that RedRoverGame is an app version of the traditional playground game, but it may not be as fun as in real life (even if it is a little safer). Many kids may find RedRoverGame confusing, and the only tutorial is a lengthy, text-based set of instruction screens. In addition, the onslaught of ads on the free version includes some that aren't kid appropriate such as ads for online chat sites and poker.
What's it about?
Five players are on each team, lined up across from each other on a playground (or other scenes, such as a moonscape). You're supposed to get all the players on your team. You choose a player to try and run over through the other team's line by tapping an arrow on that player. The mini game pops up, which causes feet to start dropping from the sky that you have to tap before they fall. If your team member doesn't break the chain, you lose them to the other team, and vice versa.
Is it any good?
REDROVERGAME gives the old playground standby an overhaul but not in a good way. The added mini-games aren't related in any direct way to the actual Red Rover game that's played on the app or on the playground, so they're just distracting. If kids don't intuitively understand the main game, the long written instructions may help, but it will likely be a challenge for kids to read them. Even more problematic, though, is the word "BAD" popping up when kids don't succeed in a game, the instruction to "defend at all cost," and the constant ads selling iffy games and other online entertainment. Even though Red Rover is a game in real life that's played by younger grade-school age kids, this app is definitely not for them. And many older kids most likely won't enjoy it either.
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