App Reviews

SimCity BuildIt App Poster Image
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age 11+
LEARNING
Decent city builder marred by "freemium" model.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
High School Story App Poster Image
age 14+
LEARNING
Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile App Poster Image
age 6+
LEARNING
Theme-park reboot looks nice, lacks the usual fun details.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
FarmVille 2: Country Escape App Poster Image
age 13+
LEARNING
Fun farm sim remix requires patience; watch in-app buys.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
Hay Day App Poster Image
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age 13+
LEARNING
Farming sim has lots of features but slow progression.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star App Poster Image
This product is no longer available
age 8+
LEARNING
Addictive app tied to popular film = monster game.
Devices: Android
(2014)
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)
Mini Empires Plus App Poster Image
age 14+
LEARNING
A lot of depth in strategy game; heavy in-app purchase push.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
Tiny Monsters App Poster Image
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age 13+
LEARNING
Cute breeding sim playable without in-app buys.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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)
Tiny Tower App Poster Image
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age 8+
LEARNING
Adorable sim playable without in-app buys -- with patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
Battle Nations App Poster Image
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age 12+
LEARNING
In-app pushiness mars otherwise fun strategy game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(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)
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)
Touch Pets Cats App Poster Image
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age 8+
LEARNING
Cute cat care without a stinky litter box.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Game Dev Story App Poster Image
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age 9+
LEARNING
Hidden instructions hamper fun in video-game company sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
Pocket Frogs App Poster Image
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age 8+
LEARNING
Fun, pretty frog sim could tempt kids to spend real money.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)