WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Enter Pokemon Playhouse to meet and interact with Pokemon characters. In each of four locations, kids play mini games with randomly generated characters. Tap the right Pokemon to play a tune, connect the dots to see a Pokemon in the stars, feed the characters their preferred berries, or choose a story to read, for example. The more games kids complete, the farther they get in hatching Pokemon eggs to add more characters to their collection.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Cutsie characters abound in this easily accessible game that introduces Pokemon to the wee ones, but simplistic games could have more depth. A friendly guide welcomes kids aboard to explore, meet Pokemon, and "make friends." The guide then accompanies kids wherever they go to offer lots of explanation on how to play. Kids who get how to play the game and have trouble being patient may find it frustrating to be stalled listening to her at every turn. Game play is appropriate for small kids (there are no Pokemon battles here) but are repetitive and not very imaginative. And, some – like the puzzle game – are so simple that they miss a chance to offer kids a bit of a challenge. Don't be fooled by the free content: The games aren't anything particularly special, but they are a great way to set kids up to be future Pokemon consumers. That makes "Pokemon Playhouse" most appealing for Pokemon-obsessed parents who want to share their interest with their young kids.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 3 and older
Educational value: 2 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5
Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 2 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Release date: September 21, 2017
Size: 478.00 MB
Publisher: The Pokemon Company International, Inc
Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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