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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Blaze and the Monster Machines is an educational racing game featuring characters from the Nick Jr. TV show of the same name. Kids can race on an already-built track or design their own, choosing from the Badlands, Snowy Slopes, or the Monster Dome. STEM concepts are explained and explored during play. As kids race, they unlock the next level whether they win or lose. Up to four players can have accounts on one device.
What's it about?
In "build" mode of BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES, kids design their own racetrack, choosing where to built it -- the Badlands, the Snowy Slopes, or the Monster Dome -- and which obstacles to add. They also can go directly to a "race," choosing an existing track in those same locations. Before each race, they'll learn the science behind an obstacle or tool in the race, such as how tires help provide traction. Kids can choose to play by tapping or by tilting the screen. Completing one level unlocks the next, whether kids win or not.
Is it any good?
Building and racing are both totally preschool-friendly, perfect for fans of the Nick Jr. show. Kids don't really have to do anything to complete a race, though they can maneuver their truck for a better outcome. Even if they come in last (or third) place, they'll move on to the next level. The real fun is in designing the tracks, and the learning comes from short explanations of the science behind each feature on the track. Each of the three locations includes several tracks, plus kids can build their own, so there's quite a bit of variety of scenes. But the actual gameplay is pretty much the same throughout.
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- Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: momentum, motion
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, thinking critically
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $3.99-$6.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 31, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 109.00 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
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For kids who love STEM games
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