Sago Mini Apartment

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Ride elevator, visit friends to find limited free play.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can practice fine motor skills by tapping and dragging objects around the screen. Some activities of light learning content, like putting puzzle pieces together to build toys or giving plants sun and water to grow. With the free play structure, kids have the chance to use their imaginations, experiment, and create stories about what they're doing.

Ease of Play

Some kids may find it hard to drag objects to the correct place for characters to hold them.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

A small icon on the main page takes users to ads for other apps from the same developer. To access a purchase page, users must enter their birth year. The icon can be turned off in the device's settings menu. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sago Mini Apartment has seven open-ended activities for kids to explore. Like all apps in the Sago Mini series, there are no rules, limits, or instructions. As kids ride the elevator up and down seven different floors, they simply tap around to discover what's available. A parents' section describes the game and offers some suggestions for enhancing the play experience. Sago Mini Apartment can be purchased as a stand-alone app, or is available through Sago Mini's subscription service Sago World. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

There are seven floors in the SAGO MINI APARTMENT building, each with a different friend and activity. Choose a floor and have the elevator take you there to make music, vacuum, prepare sandwiches or ice cream cones, build toys, exercise, or grow plants on the rooftop garden. Silly options, like ice cream as a sandwich filling, accompany more usual choices. When finished, get back in the elevator and choose a different floor to try something else.

Is it any good?

Silliness abounds in this sweet collection of virtually open-ended activities for the little ones. As with other offerings from Sago Mini, Sago Mini Apartment has appealing -- and sometimes amusing -- graphics and likable characters that will easily please young kids. Activities, such as building ice cream cones or making music, are easily relatable. And, with no rules or limitations, kids are wonderfully free to explore, experiment, and fantasize to their little hearts' content -- within the confines of what's available in the app, that is. With seven activities, Sago Mini Apartment does offer a bit more than some other Sago Mini apps, but kids are still bound by a small set of very simplified and scripted activities. Kids also need to be surprisingly precise with where they place objects on the screen, which may be frustrating for young kids still working on their fine motor skills. However, all in all, Sago Mini Apartment remains appealing and easily accessible. Parents may especially enjoy it as one option to keep young kids' entertained when other options aren't available -- say, for a long plane trip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who and what kids discover in Sago Mini Apartment. Encourage them to tell stories and ask them to narrate their thoughts as they play. Who are you making that ice cream for? What's on the sandwich? What kind of plants are you growing?

  • Highlight the learning content in the games. Count out loud, talk about food choices, tidying up, or what plants need to grow.

  • Take the fun off the screen and do the same activities in real life. Get out some homemade musical instruments (a pot and a spoon make a great drum, for example), do some exercises, plant flowers or vegetables, or get the kids involved in making simple snacks.

App details

For kids who love toddler and preschool apps

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