The user can explore various city locations such as the grocery store, the subway, a cafe, an apartment building, and a dance club. The user clicks on the building to enter it and then can explore the space by clicking on various items to see what they can do. For example, in the cafe, the user can deliver a cupcake to a customer by clicking on the cupcake and placing it on the table and then clicking on the character button to put customers into the cafe. Users can also use the clothing store to customize the appearance of their characters and give them new clothing and accessories.
The app does not have any objectives, rewards, or requirements, meaning that children can truly explore the environment as free play. Urban City Stories is free to download but several areas in the game require purchase of the full app. It is available now on iOS and Android.
Flexibility: Trying something new.
Open world sandbox games like Urban City Stories allow children to explore an environment freely without worrying about goals, strategy, or an endgame. Because of the free play nature of the app, children can practice their flexibility skills by exploring spaces in the game and trying something new. Within the different areas of the game, the user can click on objects like refrigerators, doors, water faucets, and closets to open them or turn them on. Items can be dragged and dropped elsewhere as well, creating a digital playhouse where your child can create their own scenarios.
Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
Free play is one way for children to create their own scenarios involving characters and the settings they are placed in. Young children can practice their self-awareness skills by play acting as several people and creating interactive relationships. By making characters fight, make up, share an object, or have fun together, the child is practicing these interactions in a safe space and learning about how to deal with different real-life scenarios.
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