Are your kids fascinated by cars? Have they ever wished they could design a car of their own? If so, they will love Mulle Meck's Cars. Available now for iPhone and iPad, it's a game in which kids can build their own cars and take them for a spin on the road.
Build Your Car and Take it for a Drive
The app starts with kids building a car from more 100 combinations of front and rear parts. They can swipe up or down to cycle through the parts, then choose a set of wheels to complement the body. The final step is to give the car a paint job.
Once the car has been fully assembled and painted, it's time to take it for a drive. Using the controls on the bottom right of the screen, kids navigate the car through various obstacles and terrain. A meter on the top of the screen shows the car's distance to the finish line.
One thing to note about the gameplay is that it has realistic physics. The weight, type of wheels, and engine power vary depending on the car and will affect how well the car can overcome obstacles on the road. Cars that are too heavy, for example, won't be able to climb over the hill.
Another thing to take into account is the fuel consumption of the car: the further the car goes, the more fuel it consumes. If the car runs out of fuel, it won't be able to get to the finish line. As such, kids must remember to collect the barrels of fuel they encounter along the road.
Nearing the end of the drive, kids can stop by the car wash to clean up their car. They can use various tools, such as the pressure washer and the car polisher, to get the car looking like new. Once they have arrived at the finish line, they can take a photograph of their car and have it saved to the device's Camera Roll.
Parents Need to Know
Mulle Meck is the character of a Swedish children's book series by George Johansson and Jens Ahlbom. He is a handyman, and in each book he creates and explains kids how to assemble mechanisms that people work with every day. You may also recognize him as Gary Gadget from a computer game of the same name, released in 1997.
Mulle Meck's Cars has no third-party adverts and no in-app purchases. There is no text in the app, so reading isn't required to play. The open-ended and repetitive nature of the game makes it excellent for ages 5 and under.
Things I Like
Mulle Meck's Cars is a great app for kids who love to tinker with their toys. While other car games for kids are focused on playing, Mulle Meck's Cars is more about experimenting to see which cars fare better on the road. It allows kids to experience physics concepts, such as friction and motion, even if they do not yet know the science behind it.
The app is also fairly easy to use. Kids can put together a new car in a matter of minutes, and take it for a drive right away. There is a lot of replay value as kids can create many possible car combinations.
As with most apps, there is always room for improvement, however. For starters, I would prefer if the fuel barrels moved slower, so that tiny hands could catch them. I would also love to see the scenery change with every drive. Still, the app is pretty neat right now, and will delight boys and girls alike.
If your child is a fan of Mulle Meck or just cars in general, you should check out Mulle Meck's Cars. It's a simple game but proving to be a lot of fun. There is also that value of introducing kids to physics, which is always a plus.
App was provided for our honest review.