If your kids are asking for the Boo App – here is our Boo App review, what parents need to know about this app.
If your kids are asking you to download an app, the best thing to do is to look for online app reviews like this one and to download the app and get a feel for what it’s about. Today, we are reviewing the Boo app. This is a 3D avatar and AR chat app offering a wide variety of things for your child to do.
To help you understand a little more about what the Boo app is about, here is a quick review to help you be in the know.
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App Review of Boo App 3D Avatar and AR Chat
We are reviewing the iPhone Boo App 3d Avatar and AR chat app.
This is a FREE app to download, but do know (keep reading!) there is an in-app subscription called Boo Premium.
What is the Boo App?
With the Boo app – you create your own 3D avatar. You can customize your avatar with numerous combinations of options of face features, hair styles and outfits. You also have a home in the app and can decorate your Boo home with stylish items. Your friends can come visit you and you can visit others.
Signing Up for the App
In order to use the Boo app, it requires that you sign up, creating an account.
You or your child have to use either a phone number or email address.
What is AR Chat?
AR is augmented reality. In the Boo app, you can use your avatar to participate in AR chat.
What to Do on the App
So what will your kids be doing on the Boo app?
Here are the different options the app gives:
Create Your 3D Avatar – Boo provides a great kinds of skin tones, eye colors, hair styles, hair colors and more to make it looks just like you or the way you like. There are also tons outfit options for you to change whatever you want to match your daily fashion and diversify your personal avatar.
Decorate and Visit Home – Design and decorate your avatar home in the way you like. There are different kinds of items for you to choose. Visit friends to see how their Boo homes look like and explore the fun streaks about your friendship.
Greeting – Create greetings by choosing the animation and recording your own voice for your avatar to welcome friends when they come to visit. And you can also interact with friends by sending each other greetings to have fun.
Friends – More friends, more fun. You can play with friends and create stickers, photos and videos together. Visit each other’s home and send greetings to uncover fun streaks about friendship.
Selfie Camera – Open Selfie Camera to turn your face into your 3D avatar, take a selfie to express yourself your way with avatar face.
AR Camera -Put your avatar in the real world to make creative AR videos. Make your avatar dance or play together with friends.
Animated Stickers – Boo has a huge library of animated stickers including all kinds of status and emotions for you to express your feelings and have fun with friends. Use 2-person stickers featuring you and your friends directly in Boo.
Video – Use your avatar or avatars of your friends to film the videos just for you. Experience all kinds of fantastic scenarios and play with friends together.
Photo – Pick from plenty options of expressions, poses, and backgrounds to personalize snapshots for your avatar as you want. Have fun with friends by customizing couple pics of your avatars.
Boo in iMessage – Send Boo directly in iMessage. Make chatting easier and more fun.
Things Parents Need to Know About the Boo App
Here are a few things that we noticed that parents may want to know about in regards to this app.
How to Add Friends
If you go to the friends tab (the center tab with faces on the bottom of the app) – you can add friends multiple ways.
A Boocard is a QR code that shows, similar to that on Snapchat. Your friend can scan the Boocard (or QR code) and be taken to your profile to add you as a friend. There are easy options for saving and sharing the Boocard.
Bump to Add Friends
There is a “Bump” feature that if you enable bluetooth allows you to “bump” phones to connect with other friends IRL.
In order to contact the people you know, Boo wants you the enable your contacts to be shared with the app. This will let you talk to people you know. Hard pass for me personally!
Something to NOTE: In order to use your mobile contacts, the Boo app requires that you verify your phone number and enable contacts access.
Boo Premium Subscription
The Boo app has an in-app purchase option for an auto-renewing subscription called Boo Premium.
In App Subscription
Boo Premium allows you to play ad free, gives more items to have fun with, you can create your own emoji using the selfie camera and lets you personalize photos.
BooCoins In App Purhcase
BooCoins are virtual coins that you can earn or purchase in-app. These coins give you access to certain items and add-ons for your avatar.
To buy BooCoins, click on your avatar in the upper left corner. You will see a menu – click on Top Up. Top Up is the Boocoins store.
While the prices may vary, when we looked at the app – it was approximately 99 cents fro 100 Boocoins. For $49.99, you can buy 6800 Boocoins.
You can earn coins by logging in everyday and spinning a slot machine. These coins let you buy things in the app. For instance, I lost the first “spin” but was allowed to spin again by watching an ad. I won 20 Boocoins the second spin.
Listen, I know that many apps make their money this way – but it always kills me how the pop-ups for more options are so easy to click. These show as “locked” items – which then when you upgrade or sign up are unlocked. Something to note: there is a trial period that if your kids purchases and then forgets to cancel may cost you a pretty penny. Those trial periods can be tricky!
Boo Premium Pricing
Here is the pricing for Boo Premium:
It’s an auto-renewing subscription:
1 week Boo Premium for $9.99, auto-renews at the end of each week term at $9.99. Your trial period will begin when you confirm your payment. Your trial period lasts 3 days. No money will be charged or held in your iTunes account before the end of your trial period. After the trial period, weekly subscription will start for $9.99.
* 1 year Boo Premium for $99.99, auto-renews at the end of each year term at $99.99. No money will be charged or held in your iTunes account.
* Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase.
* Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renewal is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
* Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
* You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by going to your Account Settings in the iTunes store after purchase.
Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited if you purchase a subscription to that publication, where applicable.
If you are not down with your kids talking to strangers on the internet (yes, I know it’s 2019 – doesn’t mean we don’t have to stay woke to internet weirdos!) – know that a big component of the Boo app is social. You create an avatar that uses characteristics of yourself.
Privacy and Term of Use
Where to Download Boo
The Boo app is currently only available for iOS and is available on the Apple App Store.