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By Chris Thomas, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Sim world offers some learning games but lacks depth.

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Kids won't mind poking around this silly world and will find lots to keep them entertained, but for the screen-time minutes they absorb, the games and learning could really be more robust. Some don't even support the learning they claim to. There's a curriculum guide listing games by subject, but it's almost impossible to locate specific games within Mapoosa. The math games tend to include tutorials and practice problems around elementary concepts (fractions, base-ten numerals). But these are fast-paced and use fairly uncommon math language ("3 by 4" instead of "three-fourths"). Paying for membership will provide you with a parent account to view kids' usage and game statistics. Scores you see, though, will compare your kid to other players, not to a standard of mastery. And you won’t have access to social interactions (kids' chats, messages, or friend data). Add to this the problem that some kids might have understanding some of the accents or uncommon words and slang that makes more sense to an Indian audience, and you have a site that means well but just doesn't go far enough to deliver an immersive experience to all kids around the world.

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