Little Miss H is a huge Shopkins fan. These tiny and collectable toys from Moose Toys first entered our lives a few years ago when we reviewed Shopkins: Chef Club, the first official Shopkins movie. Since then Little Miss H has collected a huge number of these grocery store characters with cute faces and individual names. She gets hugely excited when she manages to collect a rare or ultra-rare Shopkin.
So I knew that Little Miss H would love to review the first Shopkins Happy Places App from Moose Toys and Kuato Studios. This App is currently only available for iPhones and iPad. But it can be downloaded for free (although there are in-app purchases) from iTunes here.
Shopkins Happy Places App – A Review
About the Shopkins Happy Places App
The Shopkins Happy Places App, created by Moose Toys and Kuato Studios, is the first official game of the Shopkins Happy Places brand. It has an age range of five years plus (although Little Miss H is a little shy of five years old). And it is available free of charge but in-app purchases are available.
Shopkins Happy Places stars the Lil’ Shoppies who are about to create their own Happy Places in their hometown of Happyville. The app starts on the day that the Lil’ Shoppie Jessicake moves into her home. You can then decorate this house with different wallpaper and fill it with super cute Petkins furniture. There are three collections of Petkins furniture to collect – the Dreamy Bear bedroom collection, Kitty Kitchen and Puppy Parlour.
Little Miss H loves Jessicake and she is her favourite Lil’ Shoppie. She even owns a Jessicake doll. So Little Miss H really enjoys moving Jessicake around the house and fill her Happy Place with Petkins. At the moment, Little Miss H’s interior style seems to be that more is more. Jessicake’s house is now filled with Petkin friends and Little Miss H still has a lot more to collect.
How To Play Shopkins Happy Places App
Shopkins Happy Places App reminds me of the Sims game. Every now and then a thought bubble appears over Jessicake’s head. This thought bubble tells the player what Jessicake needs. For example, a cup appears when she wants a drink. This means that you’ll need to collect a Petkins kettle and cup. Or if a Zzzzzz appears in the thought bubble then Jessicake needs to have a sleep on one of the Dreamy Bear beds.
Every time you look after Jessicake, you gain one token. Once you’ve collected 25 tokens then a delivery box arrives outside. This box contains three mysterious Petkins to add to your collection. Little Miss H gets very excited every time she collects a rare or ultra rare Petkin. We are yet to find an elusive Heirloom Petkin but when we do it will make one little girl very happy.
Little Miss H likes to take part in #HouseGoals challenges. These are challenges where you have to collect Petkins in a certain order and are based on stories such as a cooking competition or a birthday party. Once the #HouseGoals challenge is completed you are awarded 5 Shopville tokens.
Also, when you open up the game each day, you get given an extra daily bonus of a Petkin. And on day seven, this daily bonus will be a brand new Lil’ Shoppie. You can collect Poppette, Coco Cookie and Bubbleisha.
In-App Purchases and Parental Controls
The Shopkins Happy Places App is free but you can buy In-App purchases. So we purchased a few Surprise Delivery Boxes at £1.99 each. These boxes are filled with 5 random Petkins to help furnish your Happy Place.
These Surprise Delivery Boxes can only be purchased once a 4 digit pin code has been entered by an adult. And the pin code is your date of birth.
Also, one of my favourite functions of the Shopkins Happy Places App is that grown up’s can set time limits on how long your child can stay on the app. You can allow them to play for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes and then the app will shut down until the pin is re-entered.
The Development of Storytelling Skills
Kuato Studio’s unique TalesMaker technology records key moments from your child’s play session. It then presents them to your child as a record of their day. Your child can choose different images and there is a selection of hashtags for them to explore. This helps your child to explore simple narrative structures. They can then save their images and share it with their friends and family. My iPad’s photo timeline is now filled with these images.
Our Final Verdict of the Shopkins Happy Places App
Little Miss H adores Shopkins and this game is perfect for all Shopkins fans. It captures the essence of the Shopkins brand. And simple storytelling and collecting characters are at the heart of this game.
At the moment, I do think Little Miss H is a little too young for this game. She sometimes struggles to work out what she needs to do. However, it will be perfect for her in a few months. And Little Mister H, at 20 months old, is completely intrigued by his sister’s new game and is always trying to see what she is doing.
As a parent, I love the fact that I can limit the time my child is able to play the game. And when there are In-App purchases, I always worry that Little Miss H could get a little bit trigger happy and spend her inheritance on In-App purchases. So I’m very happy that they can only be purchased once a four digit pin code has been entered.
If you would like to discover more about the Shopkins Happy Places App from Kuato Studios and Moose Toys then you can watch the trailer here:
The Shopkins Happy Places App is just one of many games created by Kuato Studios. You can find more games on their iTunes page.
Do you have a child that loves Shopkins? If so then you really should consider downloading the Shopkins Happy Places app.
We were compensated for the review of this app. But as always all opinions, words and images are 100% my own.