App Reviews

Episode -- Choose Your Story, feat. Mean Girls: Senior Year App Poster Image
age 16+
LEARNING
Cool platform to read, create; has mature themes, purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue App Poster Image
age 7+
LEARNING
Get animals ready for adoption in fun sim, but set limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
Avakin Life App Poster Image
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age 17+
Vast virtual world has chat with strangers, in-app buys.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
Sustainaville - An Ethical Game App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Sustainable-community sim teaches kids to help and conserve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2016)
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood App Poster Image
age 15+
Not much to do in shallow sim; lots of temptation to spend.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
SpongeBob Moves In App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Build your own Bikini Bottom, but beware in-app buys.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
Airplane! App Poster Image
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age 11+
LEARNING
Easier but less interesting than most flight-simulator apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
Pou App Poster Image
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Pou
age 6+
LEARNING
Virtual pet app engages kids as they care for cute alien.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
Plague Inc. App Poster Image
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age 12+
LEARNING
Slow & steady kills the (human) race in disease-design app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
The Sims FreePlay App Poster Image
age 15+
LEARNING
Freemium sim both enjoyable and playable without spending.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
Minecraft - Pocket Edition App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
The Oregon Trail: American Settler App Poster Image
age 9+
LEARNING
Frontier building sim a fun, entertainment-focused sequel.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
DragonVale App Poster Image
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age 9+
LEARNING
Entertaining sim experience requires patience -- or cash.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
Trainz Simulator App Poster Image
age 12+
Complicated app best for hardcore railroad enthusiasts.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
Virtual City App Poster Image
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age 10+
LEARNING
Robust building sim doesn't get bogged down in details.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
Tap Zoo App Poster Image
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age 10+
Lackluster zoo sim entices you to spend real money.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
SimCity Deluxe App Poster Image
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age 10+
Updated classic urban-building sim shines as an app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
The Settlers HD App Poster Image
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age 12+
In-depth colonization sim offers deep, engrossing play.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
Flight Control App Poster Image
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age 12+
Landing planes is fun but harder than it looks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)