We all want our kids to grow up to be good people and responsible citizens. But for that to happen, we need to teach them to value their home and community. Beep Beep Alfie Atkins is an app that can help with that. Developed by Gro Play, Beep Beep Alfie Atkins is a builder game where kids help the titular character, Alfie, grow his city and keep it clean.
Build, Clean, and Play
Beep Beep Alfie Atkins is very simple to play. The basic premise is that you help Alfie get around the city, either on foot or in various vehicles, so he can build things or perform chores for his fellow citizens. In return, you earn love and rewards.
The city is pretty large: you can pan from side to side to see more land, and build more roads to uncover more building space. When you see an empty lot, you can tap on it to add a building (or a tree) from a selection of styles. The construction process is a mini game in itself, where you need to drag and drop bricks and other materials to assemble your building. If you are planting a tree, you must dig up a hole in the ground, plant your seeds, water them, and give them enough sunlight so they can sprout.
Once a building or a tree is in place, you can tap on it to take on some chores. For example, you can harvest fruits and berries at the park, wash the windows of a house, and sort mail at the post office. A building can also have several types of chores, so you can come back and find a different one each time.
At the bottom left of your screen, you will find a reward box. You collect rewards by finishing chores and picking up litter that are found all over the city. When the reward box is filled to a certain amount, you can unlock new buildings and trees.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beep Beep Alfie Atkins is free to download from the App Store. The basic version includes 5 blocks of roads and construction sites, 9 chores/mini games, and 5 different vehicles to control. A single in-app purchase, secured behind a parental gate, gives you full access to all corners of the city, 25 vehicles, and 16 mini games. The app contains no third-party adverts or unsecured links.
The app is open-ended without any rules, high scores, or timers. This means that kids can play at their own pace. They can leave anytime they want, and when they return their city will be waiting for them. This stress-free approach makes the game accessible for ages 3 and up.
Things I Like
Games are a great medium to teach kids new things because they can convey lessons in a fun and engaging manner. Beep Beep Alfie Atkins is a fine example of this: through the simple act of building a virtual city, kids are actually learning how to be responsible citizens. Simple things they do in the app, like helping others or picking up litter, go a long way in helping to instill positive qualities from a young age.
What I like about the app, aside from its ease of use and appealing graphics, is the meaningful details packed in the gameplay. For example, Alfie always stays within the sidewalk while walking and only crosses the street when there is a crosswalk. There are also positive messages about recycling and eco-consciousness: in one of the chores, Alfie uses fallen leaves and other organic waste to make compost.
Overall, the app is quite entertaining. But, it could still benefit from the addition of new building types and mini games. This way, kids will have even more variety while playing.
Beep Beep Alfie Atkins is a simple yet entertaining city builder that teaches kids to be responsible citizens. As kids grow their city, they must also keep it clean so they can earn rewards and unlock new buildings. The app is easy to use and does not contain any text, so even the youngest kids can play with minimal assistance. Overall, it's a great addition to your kid's game collection.
App was provided for our honest review.
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