App Review: Cat Condo

Cute cats, cat condos, and more cute cats. What could be better?

Before I get into this, I'm going to preface my review with a disclaimer. I typically don't like to highlight apps with in-game purchases or subscriptions. That's not a model I feel comfortable marketing to children. I like the phrase, "If you're getting something for free, you're the product." However, Cat Condo features a huge amount of kawaii cats, requires children to make matches, is slow-paced and introduces money handling.

One lonely little white cat appears to help you start your game. Soon, it's joined by another white cat. The magic happens when you combine the two white cats to make another type of cat. And so on, and so on.

As you find matches, you'll earn coins to buy new cats. Children will experience the joy of buying, but also learn to manage the money they earn.

As an adult, I played Cat Condo with internet turned on, but I recommend placing the device in airplane mode for children. In airplane mode, children will be unable to make in-app purchases or watch commercial videos for extra materials.

I hope you enjoy this really silly, yet secretly(?) educational game. Cat Condo is available on Apple and Android devices for free (with in-app purchases).

*Remember, as with all media, it's best if you and your child play together. The American Pediatrics Association recommends that children ages 2 to 5 have a trusted adult to relate what they're seeing to the world around them. They also suggest that screen time be limited to one hour a day for this age group. For more information, take a look at their recommendations for media usage.

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