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World's worst pet - Curriculum Associates, LLC

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This app is an educational game aimed at teaching the meaning and context of words. Players will need to be able to read at around grade 3 – 4 school grade (AU). Suitable for ages 4+.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of World's worst pet was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 October 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: World's worst pet
Developed by: Curriculum Associates, LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for ages 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of World's worst pet contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 3.

App description

World’s Worst Pet – Vocabulary, starts with a group of related words (e.g., stage, audience, chorus, melody, etc,). Players are encouraged to click on each word to understand it’s meaning before entering the game. Clicking on a word provides a dictionary-like meaning together with an audio of the word being spoken. Once, the player is happy with the meanings, they can then move into the game. In the first level, players must select the word (from a choice of 4) that best fits the clue: “to give a good performance, you must do this.” The player then needs to click and drag the word: “rehearse” onto a platform. This is repeated with different clues and words until the platform is full. The player can then cut the platform down by swiping the rope holding it and hence setting Snargg free. The next stage within each level uses the same words, but tests understanding of them in different ways – using related meanings, synonyms (matching the phrase that means the same) and antonyms (matching a phrase that means the opposite). At the end of each level, players are encouraged to write a prose piece containing the words that they just learned. The aim of the game is to keep Snargg alive, filling his bowl with pancakes (with correct answers) and progressing to the next level.

Reviewers comments

This app presents very much like others specifically made to compliment primary school curriculums (like Reading Eggs) and could easily be one being used by schools already (there is a “Teachers and Parents” section). This game adds a fun element to learning and would be particularly good for students that tend to rote learn information – instead of understanding meaning and context of words at a deeper level. This app also doesn’t have hindrances such as ads, in-app purchasing and social media connectivity – which is usually present in free apps.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

None.

Gambling

At the 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

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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