Australian Council on Children and the Media

Homes by Tinybop - Tinybop Inc

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An interactive educational game about the homes around the world

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Homes by Tinybop was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 January 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Homes by Tinybop
Developed by: Tinybop Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 6+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Homes by Tinybop contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are no levels within this game.

App description

Homes is a game designed to encourage players to learn about different homes around the world. The player can interact with animated homes from USA, Yemen, Mongolia and Guatemala and see how people live.

Reviewers comments

Homes by Tinybop teaches players about how people around the world live, eat and play. There are four interactive living spaces for the player to explore and learn about. The player can click and swipe through the various countries to explore the differences of living standards around the world. The first home is an adobe house in Guatemala, where the player can wash and hang out clothes, plant seeds, water the garden, paint the house and use a sewing machine. The second home is a NYC brownstone in the USA, where the player can use appliances to make a meal, use a vacuum and play with instruments and toys. The third home is a Yurt in Mongolia, where the player can sheer sheep, build a fire for the stove and make dumplings. The fourth home is a tower house in Yemen, where the player can play music on the radio, serve tea, make a curry and make the bed.

The app allows for flexible exploration through these four living spaces. Players are encouraged to explore their different architecture, utilities, animals and organisation of space. This app is an excellent educational tool that encourages children to learn and explore other cultures. They are able to examine what is similar and what is different between the four homes and how they compare to the child’s own home.

In App purchasing

None found during the review.

Online information

In the dashboard section of the app you can use your email to sign up for a newsletter from the developers.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

In the dashboard section of the app there are advertisements for the developer’s other app games.

Coarse language

There are some fart noises associated with some of the bathrooms.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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