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Sago Mini Robot Party - Sago Sago Toys Inc

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A creative robot building game requiring fine motor control to drag and drop pieces to build your robot, power them up and then decorate cupcakes, play music and party games. Caution: in-app purchases.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Sago Mini Robot Party was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 March 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Sago Mini Robot Party
Developed by: Sago Sago Toys Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+, made for ages 5 and under
ACCM suggested age: Parental Guidance recommended for 4 – 8 years due to ease of in-app purchases.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Sago Mini Robot Party contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are an infinite number of combinations possible by selecting different robot parts but the game was played eight times with each of the five levels of robot construction, powering up, cupcake decorating, music making and party games played each time.

App description

Sago Mini Robot Party is an entertaining and creative app that encourages pre-schoolers to develop their fine motor skills and express their creativity by producing a new robot each time they play. Robot creations can then be powered up and guided to make cupcakes, play music and party games and celebrate at a robot party.

Reviewers comments

Sago Mini Robot Party is an imaginative and creative game that allows players to create unlimited possible robots by dragging and connecting different robot parts to generate their unique robot designs. Using their finger to spin a wheel powers up the robot and then the party begins. Children will enjoy the engaging reactions of their robot creations as they help their robot decorate cupcakes, play musical instruments, swat at piñatas and celebrate with balloons and confetti. Children can take a photo of their robot before it is packaged up and are rewarded for their inventiveness with a new robot part for their next design.

The intuitive functionality of this app means that children will quickly figure out how to swap the various parts to create a new robot each time they play. Each screen is interactive and engaging, with levers and buttons to explore on one screen and musical instruments or balloons on the next. Parental co-play can be used to develop language skills by discussing aspects of robot construction around colour, matching, numbers, part connections and comparisons of same and different parts. Children can also be encouraged to describe the appearance and the personalities of their creations, which encourages imaginative storytelling. Players will enjoy the independence of creating their own design and the animated reactions of the robot, providing opportunities for cause and effect discussions as robots react with surprise, joy and excitement, depending on how the player guides them.

The absence of third party advertising and the ability to play anywhere without an Internet connection makes this a fun app for preschoolers and younger school age children alike although parental guidance is recommended for 4 – 8 year olds due to ease of in-app purchases.

In App purchasing

This app does have an easily-accessible (from the home page) section where more apps by the same developer are advertised. Parental co-play is recommended as videos of the apps, which function as advertising are presented in this section. Access to the app store is obtained by entering a 2003 birth date (14 years), which is easily achieved through trial and error.

Online information

  • Once downloaded the app can be played without an Internet connection.
  • Players will be prompted to allow access to the device camera to save a photo of their robot creation but this is easily disabled.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • No third party advertising

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • Nothing of concern

Coarse language

  • None noted

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • Nothing of concern

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