Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Movie tie-in has cute storylines and consumerism.

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Ease of Play

Very easy to play, so long as kids can read (or an adult reads the instructions and storyline to them). If a kid can't find an object in the search game, the app will offer some visual prompts, and there's a clue icon they can tap if they still can't find it.

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Tie-in to the Disney movie Zootopia. In-app purchases (from $1.49 for the "extra small pack" to $159.99 for the "gigantic pack"), as well as options to watch ads to earn rewards. A Disney icon on the app's main screen moves players to a screen with many ads for Disney apps. Tap on one and it moves directly to the App Store (no parent gate).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Objects includes seek-and-find puzzles for kids to solve, which helps Zootopia movie characters crack (mildly) criminal cases. Kids read the written, scripted storylines -- one for each case -- then collect clues in scenes filled with hidden objects. Familiar Zootopia characters analyze the evidence kids have found. Next, kids choose an animal out of a lineup to "accuse." The crimes occur in various locations around Zootopia, which can be seen on a map, and some locations have to be unlocked with earned points or in-app purchases. Messages that appear in between scenes include promotions, and in-app purchases range from $1.99 to $49.99. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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Parent Written byMEem e. June 8, 2017


everything is too smol to seeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Adult Written byJames L. September 12, 2016

Never encountered ads.

I have an Amazon Prime subscription, and I own an ad free version of the app with no in game purchases. I don't know if other appstores like Google Play ha... Continue reading

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What's it about?

First enter your age in ZOOTOPIA CRIME FILES: HIDDEN OBJECT and tap Play. Written instructions and the storyline for your first case appear on the screen. Tap on one of the blue words to investigate a scene filled with objects, and look for the five hidden objects listed on the bottom of the screen. If you get stuck, you can use hints. Earn points by finding the five objects, one of which will be a clue that will be taken to a lab to analyze. A task list will appear, showing what needs to be done to complete the investigation. When there's enough evidence, an "accuse the suspect" message appears. Based on the analysis of the clues, choose one animal from the suspects. When that crime has been solved, you earn a medal and move onto the next case. Cases eventually require a certain number of earned points or an in-app purchase to unlock, and kids can buy boosts with in-game currency or in-app purchases. Note that the purchases do not have a parent gate other than what's selected in your device's settings. Along the way, kids can also watch ads to earn points and in-game cash.

Is it any good?

There's a lot of character-driven cuteness to love in this seek-and-find, crime-solving app, but the consumerism clouds the fun. After the first couple of scenes, the objects on Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object become increasingly well hidden, and kids get bonus points for not using hints. As a result, there's an element of perseverance that adds good challenge to this otherwise just-for-fun game. It's important that kids know how to read or have adults read the written text to them, as there are no audio instructions or read-aloud elements. Also, there's a lot of consumerism here, with advertising messages, in-app purchases, and no parent gate on the promo screen for other apps. It's a fun app for fans, but there's too much consumerism.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to recognize the ways Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object is heavy on hidden marketing. Read Common Sense Media's Sneaky Ways Advertisers Market to Kids to find out more.

  • Set rules around the in-app purchases before downloading, and talk about whether or not kids are allowed to download the other apps advertised in this one.

  • Talk about why it's good not to use hints too soon on Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object. Besides getting points for finding the objects without hints, it's good to not give up and to keep trying, even as the scenes become more challenging.

  • Discuss some of the crime-related vocabulary on this app. Especially for younger players, talk about what words such as "evidence" and "accuse" mean in less scary, kid-appropriate ways.

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