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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Innovative, fun animal app interacts with TV show.

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Educational Value

Kids have a chance to learn about a variety of animals, including their diets, habitats, and special traits. The learning is reinforced as kids start to see the collection of animals that goes together in a specific habitat and get to feed animals their favorite types of food. 

Ease of Play

A tutorial for kids would be helpful, especially since the icons aren't always self-evident, but kids will likely figure things out.

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Sexy Stuff

This is a companion app to a TV show, but there are no ads and no in-app purchases. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ZooMoo is the companion app to a TV show of the same name. The show airs throughout the world but is not widely available on cable lineups in the United States. Kids can access some of the content on the website or on YouTube. The app can stand alone, but what makes it compelling is that the TV show contains an inaudible acoustic watermark that the app can hear and respond to. Kids earn animal stickers and content packs within the app by watching the show. There are no connections to be made; so long as the TV sound is loud enough, the app will automatically follow along. A parent area (accessed by pressing a link for two seconds) contains some directions and a library of animals, including info on whether the child has unlocked and/or played with the animal. 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?

ZOOMOO is an educational TV show based in New Zealand that focuses on teaching kids more about the animal world around us, including conservation efforts. The app is an extension of that, allowing kids to collect and learn more about animals from eight habitats, including oceans, forests, mountains, deserts, rainforests, grasslands, rivers, and polar regions. Within each habitat, kids earn animated animal stickers they can place. Each animal also has a trading card with information about its eating habits and conservation status. Kids can also hatch or gain baby animals and watch a video of the animal. As kids interact with their stickers and collector cards, they gain points. As the points add up, kids earn packs of trading cards. Cards might contain food or other items for use with animals in the habitat screen. They might even earn a new animal. If kids use the app while watching the ZooMoo TV show, they can earn additional content specific to the topic of the show they have on. Once on the habitat screen, kids can move animals around, feed them, and bathe them. They can also take pictures of their favorite scenes.

Is it any good?

The play experience isn't as innovative as the TV show interaction, but kids likely will enjoy creating their own scenes. ZooMoo has a certain cool factor that many kids will find downright magical. They will find it amazing when a creature flies off their device screen onto the TV and then returns with a special gift. Collecting trading packs -- especially when they have new animals -- is also fun. It has a great open-ended vibe, but it's lacking in activities once you've fed your animals and arranged them on the screen. Some kids might run with the creative component, enacting various scenarios, but others will be lost in the lack of structure. Overall, though, for a free app with an innovative component, kids will have plenty of entertainment and learn something in the process. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animal habitats found in ZooMoo. What kinds of habitats exist near your home? What types of animals live in those habitats?

  • How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could use? If you had to choose the best use of your time on a screen, would you pick this app over other apps on your device for communication? Why, or why not?

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For kids who love animals and preschool apps

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