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My First App - Vol. 1 Vehicles

My First App - Vol. 1 Vehicles
by appp media

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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 2.0.2

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is:3 activities with the 'vehicles' theme (16 vehicles: trucks, cars, building machines). What do you do with it: solve picture puzzles by sliding pieces in place (8 puzzles, from 2 to 9 pieces each, 2 modes of play), spin halves of a vehicle to get a match or aim a marble ball at a hole in a vehicle to see a short animation (e.g. the door of a bus will open or the truck will dump its cargo).

What we liked: the concept, simple navigation and operation (but see the notes below), very nice illustrations, short funny animations.

What we didn't like: the 'marbles' game requires very good eye-to-hand coordination (why not give a simple 'touch to reveal an animation alternative for younger kids?) Could have more educational value (e.g. names of the vehicles could be spoken). No audio instructions.

Bottom line: a really interesting proposition for vehicle obsessed toddlers and preschoolers.

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Planet Go - Train & Car Games for Toddler Kids (P)

Planet Go - Train & Car Games for Toddler Kids (P)
by Planet Factory Interactive

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 84/100

version reviewed: 1.3

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Memory, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: a set of activities with ships, trucks, trains, airplanes, emergency vehicles.

Activities include: spot the difference, find an object, puzzles, memory games, flashcards, coloring pages, stickers.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of fun activities. Simple illustrations. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: a bit limited educational value. No spoken instructions/narration (e.g. the names of the vehicles are not read out). Some activities offer more variety and engagement than others.

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Planet Go - Train & Car Games for kids & toddlers

Planet Go - Train & Car Games for kids & toddlers
by Planet Factory Interactive

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 84/100

version reviewed: 1.7

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: a set of activities with ships, trucks, trains, airplanes, emergency vehicles.

Activities include: spot the difference, find an object, puzzles, memory games, flashcards, coloring pages, stickers.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of fun activities. Simple illustrations. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: a bit limited educational value. No spoken instructions/narration (e.g. the names of the vehicles are not read out). Some activities offer more variety and engagement than others.

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CotBot Farm - Android Version

CotBot Farm - Android Version
by Divine Robot

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Overall Score: 83/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: drive around your farm with a vehicle (or animal) of your choice (tractor, farm truck, combine harvester, cat, horse, pickup truck or monster truck) and complete simple missions: feed and milk cows, shear sheep, pick vegetables in the garden etc (5 missions in total).

What we liked: the concept. Fun 'driving' experience. Humor and fun factor. 3D visuals. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy controls. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: educational value could be higher. No spoken instructions. We wish there was more variety in the 'missions' (they can quickly get repetitive).

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CotBot Farm

CotBot Farm
by Divine Robot

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Overall Score: 83/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Interactive play, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is/what you do with it: drive around your farm with a vehicle (or animal) of your choice (tractor, farm truck, combine harvester, cat, horse, pickup truck or monster truck) and complete simple missions: feed and milk cows, shear sheep, pick vegetables in the garden etc (5 missions in total).

What we liked: the concept. Fun 'driving' experience. Humor and fun factor. 3D visuals. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy controls. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: educational value could be higher. No spoken instructions. We wish there was more variety in the 'missions' (they can quickly get repetitive).

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Tizzy ZigZag Cars (Full) - Android Version

Tizzy ZigZag Cars (Full) - Android Version
by Tizzy Labs, LLC

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Overall Score: 61/100

version reviewed: 2.3

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination

What is it and what do you do with it: build and drive a simple stunt car. Combine 6 body styles and 6 wheel styles to construct the vehicle.

Tilt the tablet or phone to navigate the car around one of the 15 tracks (5 themed sets, 3 tracks each: Wood Toy, Space, Candy, Sports and Western.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of fun tracks. Simple controls. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more interactions with various objects found around the tracks (some kinds may find the 'driving' boring quite quickly). Car design is very basic. Car designs are not saved.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the Tizzy ZigZag Cars app.

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Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas! – Speed Challenge - Android Version

Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas! – Speed Challenge - Android Version
by Budge Studios

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Android

Overall Score: 59/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination

What it is and what you do with it: simple game featuring characters from the popular TV series.

Tap to drive your engine as fast as you can to challenge other engines (or another player).

What we liked: the concept. Features original Thomas and Friends characters . Easy game controls. One- and two-player play modes. Narration and spoken instructions. Sound backgrounds and sounds. Great for Thomas & Friends fans.

What we didn't like: the activities are very basic and can quickly get repetitive. Limited educational value.

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Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas! – Speed Challenge

Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas! – Speed Challenge
by Budge Studios

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Overall Score: 59/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination

What it is and what you do with it: simple game featuring characters from the popular TV series.

Tap to drive your engine as fast as you can to challenge other engines (or another player).

What we liked: the concept. Features original Thomas and Friends characters . Easy game controls. One- and two-player play modes. Narration and spoken instructions. Sound backgrounds and sounds. Great for Thomas & Friends fans.

What we didn't like: the activities are very basic and can quickly get repetitive. Limited educational value.

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Chuggington Ready to Build – Train Play

Chuggington Ready to Build – Train Play
by Budge Studios

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 56/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a virtual train set/game featuring characters from the popular TV series.

Drive around a simple track, complete simple missions (repair a bridge, clean up spills etc) to win items for your set (buildings, parks, lamps, washes etc).

What we liked: the concept. Features original Chuggington characters. Good variety of components. Easy game controls. The 'driver' view mode. Narration and spoken instructions. Sound backgrounds and sounds.

What we didn't like: the missions are very basic and can quickly get repetitive. Limited educational value.

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Tony the Truck and his Friends - Android Version

Tony the Truck and his Friends - Android Version
by Yomio

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Android

Overall Score: 44/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Interactive play, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: 6 interactive scenes with construction vehicles (dumper truck, digger, fork lift, crane, road roller, bulldozer and cement mixer).

Tap a vehicle to 'operate' it, e.g. load up the dumper truck with dirt, roll the road surface flat etc.

What we liked: the concept. Simple illustrations and animations. Ease of use. Sound backgrounds and sounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more interactive features. No spoken instructions. Can quickly get repetitive. Educational value could be higher.

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