Free apps have taken a public beating lately. The market has been flooded with them. Too many of them look the same. It is very difficult for any company to differentiate their product from other free apps. The public has revolted due to the bait and switch tactics used in free apps.
Happy Dinos releases into this atmosphere. I expect to see the shark feeding frenzy go after this app from a variety of sources. Does that mean Happy Dinos is all bad? Is there good in Happy Dinos that Family Friendly Gaming Nation can enjoy?
Happy Dinos has a few neat little features. The first is breeding. The two dinosaurs will walk up to one another and kiss. From that kiss an egg will appear in the nest. There is also hearts floating around as a nice presentation. There are numerous things players can purchase in Happy Dinos as well.
The biggest annoyance in Happy Dinos is the barrage of Facebook requests. Every little thing you do presents a screen where the game wants to advertise freely on your Facebook page. Not only that, but it wants access to your account, friends, etc.
It does not take long in Happy Dinos to start hitting the ceiling. It wants money for more of this resource, and money to fast forward or skip that mission. The ratio of reward to expenditure is way off. Happy Dinos also loves to beep with some notification or reminder. It irritated me so badly that I removed it from my iPhone.
Parents need to make sure their
accounts are locked up tight. Kids can easily spend all kinds of real
world money in Happy Dinos trying to complete missions. Put a password
on that account that they do not know. Or you will experience surprise
charges you were not anticipating.
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: iPod Touch/iPhone
Rating: Rating: ‘4+’ - 4+
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