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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Products & Purchases
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).
Parents Need to Know
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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