Mr Potato Head Create & Play takes the Mr. Potato Head toy “virtual” in this fun iPad and iPhone game where you can build a variety of different Mr and Mrs Potato Heads and then play with them in cool interactive places. I imagine just about every average kid has heard of, played with or seen the classic Mr. Potato Head or Mrs. Potato Head by now. The Mr. Potato Head game has been around since 1952, naturally I was happy to see this Americana toy icon make its way to the iPad and iPhone — especially as a free app.
The basics of the classic kids’ game apply to the virtual Mr Potato Head Create & Play game as well. But in this game, you are given enough Star Tickets to purchase 3 different themed Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head pairs. The different themes range from the original Mr Potato Head to Mr Potato Head Pirate, Mr Potato Head Astronaut, and many more. You can put Mr Potato Head together with drag-and-drop touch control. All places that you can “insert” a part into a Mr Potato Head show as double yellow circles, which makes it easy to identify how to use this app, especially for younger kids. You have complete artistic control of your different Mr and Mrs Potato Head designs but the fun does not stop there.
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Once you complete your Mr or Mrs Potato Head masterpiece, you can go into a variety of themed interactive places (by tapping on the green circle in the top right of the Create & Play screen). You get enough Star Tickets for 2 interactive places. My selections were Pirate Island and a Space Station. Once at any of these cool interactive places, there are a variety of buttons to press to explore the different interactions that occur with your Mr. Potato Head. There is also an option to snap a photo during any of the interactions, which for me was awesome because I caught an action shot of Mr P. getting chased by an alien. You can share your photos and save to your camera roll.
The developers (Callaway Digital Arts Inc.) did an excellent job of designing this app. This is one of the first iPhone or iPad apps that I have come across requiring a 3 digit pin to access the in app purchase (IAP) store, as well as any link that will take a child out of the application. While the 3 digit pin is not going to stop older kids, this is an excellent stopping point to keep younger kids from wandering to unknown places. The only real negative with the app is the cost for all Mr. and Mr. Potato Heads. You will have to fork out $12.99 for 11 different themed pairs (currently), with more coming soon. That comes out to approximately $1.18 for each Mr. and Mr. Potato Head pair, which could be kind of a steep price for families in today’s economy. What do you think? Is the $12.99 price fair to unlock 22 total Mr. and Mr Potato Heads?
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