Parents' Guide to

Wonderscope

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stories magically unfold all around you with interactive AR.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

This app is awesome. It is very interactive. Kids read what is on the screen and the characters in the story respond. When I tried it I couldn't put it down because I was it got my attention and I wanted to see what would happen next. The only drawback is that you have to pay to view other stories.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It feels almost magical to watch as suddenly animated characters and scenery pop up all around you as part of two engaging stories. The developers of Wonderscope gave good thought to many details, including lovely graphics, great voice acting, and nice functions like re-sizing and rotating the story pod. Getting through the story is not always a smooth process however. Depending on how clearly kids enunciate their words, for instance, the app may not recognize that kids have read their part (though there is an option to skip reading out loud). And, depending on how much kids move around, the story pod may lose its place in the room or kids may have trouble finding the action. At the time of this review, there were only two stories available. Little Red the Inventor is the more interesting and interactive of the two. Though since nothing changes in the stories, once kids have gone through them once or twice, there's not much to interest kids in a repeat visit. Yet, with its use of AR, Wonderscope provides a unique, and mostly well-designed, experience for kids.

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