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The Good Dinosaur: Dino Crossing
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
THE GOOD DINOSAUR: DINO CROSSING starts with a bonanza where kids select one of three holes to win berries. From there the journey begins, as kids move Arlo and Spot one step at a time to gather berries, collect power-ups, and avoid obstacles. Once they've earned enough points, kids can change their character. There are 10 scenes to play through, earning one, two, or three footprints, depending on the score. Kids can replay scenes, and the goal is always to beat their own high score or, if connected via Game Center or Facebook, to beat friends’ high scores.
Is it any good?
Just like the movie, the arcade-style app is fun for all ages, too, though players will pay the price by watching advertising. Parents don't have to worry about in-app purchases with the free game, as kids can earn bonus berries by watching a commercial; they don't have to watch, but that may mean ending play for a period. The challenge is addictive, especially for old-school Frogger fans. Kids can change characters if they want, but playing with Arlo and Spot together gives two lives rather than one, a bonus other characters don't have. The social element is there, with kids competing with friends or sharing screenshots via Facebook or accessing Game Center, but the game is playable without connecting to either, and competing against your own high score is a challenge itself.
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