Trucks and cars are fascinating for young children, especially boys. If your kids get ecstatic at the sight of fire trucks, monster trucks, and construction machines, then our app pick for today, More Trucks, will be a hit with them.
Released by developers Duck Duck Moose, More Trucks is the sequel to their award-winning app, not so surprisingly called Trucks. The new app introduces four new activities that highlight different vehicles and their purposes.
In the Fire Truck activity, you get to drive a fire truck around the city of San Francisco to put out fires. In-between emergencies, you can also play tic-tac-toe with the trusty firehouse dalmatian.
Monster Trucks is a horizontal runner, sort of like Tiny Wings, only with monster trucks. Choose a fancy truck, and then use the left and right arrows to control it across dynamically generated bumpy terrains. You can unlock as many as 10 different trucks to play with.
As you move through the course, watch out for pieces of junk on the road. Use the jump button to avoid these obstacles. A neat trick is when you double tap the jump button, your truck will do a flip in the air. You can also sound the horn button and collect speed boost and coins, but as far as I can tell the coins don't really do anything.
Crane and Construction Site takes place at a construction site. First, you control a crane to construct structures from colorful toy blocks. Then comes the fun part: wrecking. Simply drag the wrecking ball a little to the right, and release it to knock down your structure. Tap the bulldozer button to clear out any leftover pieces.
Flatbed Tow Truck and Junkyard is two-part activity. First, you tap a line of cars to load them onto a flatbed tow truck, and haul them to the junkyard with police escort. Next, you drag a giant magnet to grab the cars and stack them as high as you can before a giant dinosaur foot crushes them.
Parents Need to Know
More Trucks is a bright and colorful app that will appeal to little children, especially boys. The activities introduced in the app are quite simple and appropriate for ages three to five.
I like how you cannot really make any mistake in the app. For example, in the Monster Trucks activity, you can just go over obstacles and not suffer serious penalties. The app also has no timer, so younger juniors can take their time and complete the activities at their own pace.
While playing with More Trucks, juniors can hone several skills such as fine motor skills and problem solving. The Flatbed Tow Truck and Junkyard activity is also especially good for practicing sequencing and stacking.
Things I Like
More Trucks is a very nice app with bright and colorful illustrations that appeal to kids. The animations look great, and the little interactions in the background are endearing. For example, in the Fire Truck activity, you can tap on the flying pterodactyl to make it lay eggs.
The activities included in the app are also entertaining, although I do wish that there were more than just four. The physics engine is a nice inclusion that makes the game world more realistic and more challenging. For example, you have to consider the center of gravity when stacking the cars in the Junkyard.
If you ask me, my favorite activity is the Monster Truck. I like how the game's landscape changes every time I play, and I enjoy trying to flip my monster truck in the air. My complaint is that sometimes the trucks would jump too high and disappear from the screen for too long, but other than that it is pretty fun.
More Trucks is a great and engaging app for kids. I think little boys will enjoy this app best, but girls can also join in the fun. I only wish there were more activities because the app is so enjoyable.
App was provided for our honest review
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