A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice a few basic cognitive skills like matching, sorting, puzzles, and counting. They'll also experience what it's like to help someone and get a reward for it. Finally, kids can express their creativity when they spend their earned stars on customizing their driver's car and clothing.
Ease of Play
Navigation and games are self-explanatory. Some tapping and dragging requires precise placement or holding, which may be hard for young kids.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.