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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute but repetitive helping games with external rewards.

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A colorful, inviting setting offers repetitive mini-games that don't quite live up to their promise. TALU Town seems like an exciting place to be, with lots of friendly animals and fun shops to visit. Kids can feel a sense of pride when they're able to save the day and help each shopkeeper solve his or her problem. However, in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling of accomplishment, kids also earn stars for helping, which they can use to buy things. Some parents may not like this external reward system, as the value of helping others then becomes how many stars kids earn. Most of the games are appropriate for the preschool set but are not particularly inspired or creative. And though there are roughly 20 of them, many are repeated across different settings -- match a pizza order at the pizzeria and a cupcake order at the bakery -- so there really isn't that much variety. Finally, given that TALU Town is meant for young kids, it may have made more sense to allow them to tap and hold the car to drive it rather than use arrows that are nowhere near the car.

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