App Review Feature Spotlight:
Common Sense Media says
Vast virtual world has chat with strangers, in-app buys.
What parents need to know
Ease of use
Violence & scariness
Drinking, drugs & smoking
Privacy & Safety
What Kids Can Learn
Whats it about?
In AVAKIN LIFE users create an avatar, dress it up, take it out, and decorate an apartment to hang out with friends. This isn't kids' play, though: Adults meet up -- and sometimes hook up -- virtually. Users chat openly with others in the room or location or can add friends and message with them personally. Achievements earn coins and jewels that can be used to buy more clothes or possessions such as apartments and furniture, and players can use real money to access more gems and special features. Though in-game apartments are private by default, players can make them public so anyone can visit.
Is it any good?
This vivid virtual world is populated with real people, uses real money, and captures real personal data. The variety of scenes, clothing, and home items and accessories make for a a fun simulation, and moving the avatar throughout the virtual world is relatively easy. But beyond dressing up, decorating, and talking to friends, there's no goal or purpose. For adults looking to connect with friends or meet new people, Avakin Life is a fun virtual outing, but it's not for kids or young teens, as there are too many opportunities to interact with strangers, share personal information, and encounter adult behavior.
This rating and review provided by Common Sense Media.
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