What It Is
In the app Little Helper, players must clean up a dusty, cobweb-ridden house. As a reward for cleaning, players receive experience points, virtual money, and rare items to collect for rewards.
To start, choose from one of six characters. Then start cleaning up in the drawing room. Tap on rubbish to clean it up. As you clean, the game gives specific missions, such as collect three wilted bouquets or buy five pieces of furniture. A reward for achieving these missions could be silver coins, stars, or cupcakes. These rewards can be used to purchase items within the game. You also receive chests in the attic that will provide you with a special gift every day. And as you clean, you may find keys that unlock other rooms in the house. But beware of Kikomora, the evil spirit who makes it hard to clean.
The game also allows players to log into Facebook or Twitter and share these achievements to receive gold coins that can be used to purchase things within the app. (You'll most likely want to do this because you'll need those gold coins to help you advance through the game.) Players can also interact with their Facebook friends' Little Helper avatars.
Why It’s Fun
Yes, Little Helper is a game about cleaning a house, but it's a lot more fun than cleaning your own house. This is a cute game with whimsical graphics, and it's easy to learn so it doesn't take long to start cleaning, completing missions, and earning rewards. Best of all, it's free to download so you're not losing anything if you decide the game isn't for you.
Who It’s For
Little Helper is age-graded 4 and up. The app will appeal to casual gamers who are looking for something to do while they wait at the doctor's office or when they have an extra 15 minutes to kill. There is reading required, so younger children may need help from an adult or a reader to play.
What To Be Aware Of
Little Helper is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 4.0 or later.
We are concerned about the Facebook and Twitter components of this app. Facebook has a minimum age of 13 for children to have Facebook accounts. Children will have to use a parent's Facebook account to access the gold coins, which is an essential part of the game. Twitter has no minimum age, but it also has no effective filtering system other than flagging questionable links. Parents are strongly advised to monitor all children's online activities
There are so many different missions to complete and rooms to clean that it almost seems like this game is never-ending, which is a good thing for fans of the game who want to keep coming back and playing. Once you complete a mission, you can't go back and redo it, unless you uninstall the app, then reinstall it and start all over.