Pokémon's 'Magikarp Jump' mobile game, reviewed by a 4-year-old: "8/5; I want a unicorn"

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These days, 4-year-olds are all about stealing away with their parents' tablets and playing mobile games trite enough to melt their growing brains. But not my kids. 

In addition to this 4-year-old's penchant for Toca Boca and Super Mario Run, I managed to convince her to download and play the Pokémon Company's brand-new game, Magikarp Jump. We sat down and I asked her a handful of questions while we played together. 

It looks like we'll be adding Pokémon Go to her mobile game collection so we can go on walks and catch some Pokémon together. Now, if Nintendo would only hurry up and announce Pokémon Stars, we'd be a very happy family indeed. — Amanda Farough

Getting Pikachu as a support Pokémon was a cherished moment  Amanda Farough/Mic

Magikarp Jump Review: Feeding the fish is the best

What's your favorite part of the game? 

I like feeding the fishy. It's cool.

Did you have fun?

Yeah! I like feeding the fishy. And making the fishy jump. I like winning.

What would you do to make the game more fun?

I want a unicorn in it.

What do you wish you could do more of in the game? 

I want to keep eating things with my fishy.

Does this make you want to play more Pokémon games? 

I don't have any other Pokémon games, Mama, but yeah.

What would you give it out of five stars?

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

More Pokémon news and coverage

If you're just booting up your Pokémon Go account, check out our first impressions of the Gen 2 update. You'll also want to learn more about the Unown and new evolutionary items like the Sun Stone and more. If you're looking for a list of evolutions that weren't initially revealed by Niantic, this article is your guide.

If you're more interested in the main games, here's the latest on a possible Pokémon title on the Nintendo Switch: Pokémon Stars. And if you're itching to learn about the other mobile Nintendo games, check out our coverage of Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Mario Run.