A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
What's it about?
WINX BLOOMIX QUEST: MAGICAL 3D RUNNER is a classic endless-runner game in which Bloom from the Winx Club collects charms and special magical powers while trying to avoid a myriad of obstacles and enemies in her way. With the free version, kids get limited special powers, outfit changes, and other perks. To expand play options, there are tons of in-app purchases available ranging in price from $0.99 up to as much as $49.99. Some special items can also be exchanged for crystals kids collect through gameplay.
Is it any good?
As endless runners go, this one has lots of excitement, cool prizes and enhancements, and nice graphics, but iffy body-image messages, in-app purchase pushes, and tricky controls mar the experience. It also has the added bonus that the main character is a strong female role model (body-image and wardrobe issues aside). For tweens who are into the Winx Club, this game offers a fun opportunity to dive into their fantasy world. Though many of the levels are quite similar, there are plenty of missions and challenges to keep kids intrigued. Navigation is pretty easy, though sometimes Bloom isn't as responsive as kids might like her to be. For example, sometimes she's slow to react to swipes, or she jumps when you swipe down for her to slide. Another drawback is the app's aggressive push to sell in-app purchases. Sure, the download is free, but beware of the constant reminders of all the enhancements you can purchase with only a quick tap. The game may be fun, but parents will probably want to keep a close eye on their kids and/or be upfront about their family's rules on in-app purchases to avoid racking up a surprisingly high bill.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the seemingly competing messages here about female power. What do your kids think about how Bloom has been drawn and the clothes she wears? What might it say -- or not say -- about her? What does it say about what she does and what she accomplishes? Is she a strong person?
Make your feelings about making in-app purchases clear before handing the game over to your kids. What are your family's rules?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: October 17, 2015
- Category: Adventure Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures
- Size: 184.00 MB
- Publisher: Apps Ministry
- Version: 1.4.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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