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Club Penguin

Review Excerpt: Recurring in-app purchases meet a seven year old’s desire to collect things to decorate an igloo, in this new iPad version of Club Penguin ($free, http://appstore.com/clubpenguin). The free download lets you have “many of the same gameplay and social features” found in the virtual world, plus recurring in-app subscriptions. I downloaded the app, and logged in to find my five year old Club Penguin, still dressed like it was 2009, with 15,367 coins. But when I tried to buy a holiday wreath for the igloo, I got the message “unlimited access to Igloos & Furniture requires a paid membership.” In other words, you can still can see cool stuff, but when you touch to get it, you are told that you must buy a membership. Prices are still $8/month, but you have to remember to cancel. Subscribers, please log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating, and see why this received our Editor’s Choice Award.

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