Wild Kratts Baby Buddies

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Care for baby animals in OK offshoot of popular series.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the names and basic facts about five different animals that live in the African savannah. For example, each animal has an activity that explores what the animal eats, what kinds of behaviors it exhibits, and what "creature power" it has (aka, something special and unique that helps it survive).

Ease of Play

It's often not clear where kids should tap to make something happen.

Violence & Scariness

Some mildly growling animals.

Sexy Stuff

An small icon on the home screen takes kids to ads for other apps from the same developer. Kids hit a parent gate if they tap on the ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wild Kratts Baby Buddies takes kids to the African savannah where they help the Kratts brothers and friends care for five different baby animals. The app is based on the Wild Kratts TV series, but kids don't need to know the show to play the game. There are a few very mild threats to the baby animals, such as a hyena that stays put on the side of the screen and growls a few times. Though most kids won't bat an eyelash, some very sensitive kids might be mildly disturbed. It can be confusing to figure out where to go next or where to tap, which may frustrate kids or cause them to lose interest. The parents section has a detailed description of the activities available for each animal, which can be useful for parents trying to help their kids figure out what to do and where to tap. According to the developer, for those with an iOS device, the app works best on iPad mini 2 and up, iPad 3 and up, or iPhone 5 and up. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

WILD KRATTS BABY BUDDIES starts when kids tap play and they take off on the Kratts brothers' signature sea turtle aircraft. Once they've arrived on the African savannah, kids choose from five baby animals to care for: zebra, cheetah, aardvark, crocodile, and elephant. There are different activities associated with each animal such as washing the elephant, finding termites to feed the aardvark, kicking a ball with the zebra, or protecting the cheetah from a hyena. Throughout the game, the Kratts brothers and their team offer tidbits of information about the animals.

Is it any good?

Though the Kratts brothers' enthusiasm for learning about animals is generally contagious, the breadth and user experience for this set of simple games are only OK. The graphics are true to the style of the Wild Kratts TV series, though they end up looking and feeling rather unsophisticated in this app setting. There are a good number of interesting facts about the animals, which helps enhance learning potential and provides some much needed context to the game experience. However, there are only a few games to play with each animal, which means that kids will quickly cycle through everything the app has to offer. By far the biggest downside of Wild Kratts Baby Buddies is that the interactive elements are not at all easy to find. Sometimes tappable elements are highlighted with a glowing yellow-ish aura, but despite that it's quite confusing to know where to tap or what to do. The activity descriptions in the parents section turn out to be indispensable so that parents can help kids navigate and understand what's available to do. There are some nice learning elements to Wild Kratts Baby Buddies, but even Wild Kratts fans may end up feeling a little let-down.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals they meet in Wild Kratts Baby Buddies. Help kids name the animals and identify some key facts about them (for example, what do they eat, where do they live, what are typical behaviors).

  • Show kids photographs or documentary footage of these animals to give them a better picture of what the animals are like.

  • Talk to kids about branding. What does it mean that this app has the same characters as a popular TV series? Does that make it more or less interesting for kids and why?

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