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Shopkins: Welcome to Shopville
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Shop at the Candy Store, Homewares, Small Mart, and Cupcake Shop, playing different games in each store with SHOPKINS: WELCOME TO SHOPVILLE. In the candy store kids collect a certain candy, in Small Mart they toss groceries into the shopping bag, and in Homewares they sort appliances through the right door. Kids earn coins based on how well they complete each activity, earning a new Shopkin for every five coins or so that they collect. Kids can view their collections from within the app, and they can unlock a surprise store once they've collected enough coins.
Is it any good?
The toy-collecting craze goes virtual and broadens the fun with four fun mini-games (plus a bonus game), but some parents may object to the completely consumer-focused objectives. Kids who collect Shopkins will love adding to a virtual collection, but the games are actually fun and challenging for non-collectors, too. Though the games offer entertainment and variety, kids may tire of it before playing long enough to unlock the fifth surprise store, which takes quite a lot of play time to open. Also, though there are no in-app purchases, everything is about shopping and products -- including candy and cupcakes -- so it's not an app for families who want to downplay consumerism.
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