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Toy Story 3
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this "free" Toy Story 3 app contains very little for kids to do other than learn about the movie and its related marketing. Any real games -- links to which are prominent on the apps homepage -- must be purchased separately. Disney plans to keep releasing new Toy Story apps throughout 2010 and beyond. Parents also need to be aware that this app gives open access to Facebook and Twitter, as well as Movietickets.com (there's an age gate, but as long as kids enter a birth year that makes them over 13, they're in). Some games sold within this app can only be accessed from within the app.
Is it any good?
Some of the games attached to this TOY STORY 3 app are good -- "Woody's Wild Ride" is reasonably fun and the already-released "Toy Story Mania" shooting gallery game is excellent -- but you have to pay for them. With the free base app, the kids can play a lame "rock, paper, scissors" game and hear a personalized greeting from Woody (though, if your kid's name isn't on the preset name list, that feature is useless). There's also a place where they can collect pins that they earn for meeting specific achievements (most of which are earned through the for-pay games). Character bios and movie trailers won't cut it with most kids. And there's too much connectivity with the open Internet to allow young kids free roaming within the app. If you want a great Toy Story game, but the Toy Story Mania app separately. It's $4.99.