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Scary Teacher 3D

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Pranking game has extremely poor controls, negative themes.

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Ease of Play

The instructions for pranks aren't very detailed, there's no FAQ to refer to, and the functionality players use to move around is difficult to control and often slow.

 

Violence

Players can repeatedly punch the teacher until she falls down in one section, and she attacks them if they're caught during a prank.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Kids will see a number of ads, and they can watch additional ones to continue rounds and earn items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scary Teacher 3D is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. It features numerous elements parents wouldn't want kids to think are OK -- including breaking into a house, playing mean tricks on a teacher, and physical violence. The app's design is also problematic. Kids aren’t given a lot of direction; the game controls aren't particularly easy to use; and at times, kids can move at a normal speed, while at others, their pace is maddeningly slow. They'll also be forced to watch ads frequently and may feel they need to agree to view additional ones to earn more playing time or items that will help them advance in the game.

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What's it about?

Kids' behavior ends up being frightening in SCARY TEACHER 3D. They pick a lock, sneak into their math teacher's house, and try to set up pranks to torment her, such as hiding a mousetrap on a table or putting something in her breakfast to make it taste bad. If she catches them in the act and they can't outrun her, she'll grab them, and players will need to repeat the round. Playing earns stars, which can be used to get hints, and coins that will buy energy or items like a crowbar.

Is it any good?

This app has a number of issues, ranging from its overall theme -- acting aggressively toward a teacher -- to its inconsistent design. Scary Teacher 3D has wonky background graphics that disappear and reappear as you pass by them. The game's instructions contain frequent grammatical errors, and the directional controls aren't necessarily intuitive. Instead of being able to click on a door, for example, to open it, players have to click on a button in the corner of the screen. The controls also aren't always particularly functional -- you can walk right up to a doorway, for example, but to enter it, you may need to swipe to swivel the perspective, even though you seem to be directly facing the entryway.

Because you need to wander around rooms to find objects involved in pranks, the awkward directional tools and varying walking speed (sometimes you go quickly, but other times, you move much slower) can make trying to complete tasks frustrating. Until you do, you'll need to redo rounds, which means the game will take a long time to play. Parents probably won't be crazy about Scary Teacher 3D encouraging kids to break into a house and do mean things; it's just as unlikely kids will be thrilled with the prospect of repeating challenges they've already tried to complete, but couldn't because they weren't able to navigate the confusing controls or move fast enough.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about treating people with respect. How should kids speak to teachers and other authority figures?

  • Can you tell the difference between a prank and a joke? Why could a prank be more problematic?

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