Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose

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Dana A., Common Sense Media
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Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.

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Educational value

Kids can learn how the different choices they make when building and driving monster trucks affect speed and the way they move on the race courses. While kids build the trucks, they are making decisions and learning about the different parts that combine to make a whole truck -- body, wheels, engines, exhaust pipes -- and are expressing their creativity when choosing paint and decals. Build A Truck is a fun way to get creative building monster trucks and experimenting with motion.

Ease of play

Easy to play. The app leads kids through the truck-building process, and racing is easy, too. Some kids may try to tilt the device to move the truck, which makes intuitive sense, but on this app kids must use the on-screen arrows to move the trucks.

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There's a kid-protected "Apps and Info" tab on the main screen (parents have to swipe up to access it) that shows more Duck Duck Moose app selections. An i on the main screen is also a kid-protected area that moves parents to a newsletter subscription page and that has more information on the app and developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose combines a cool monster truck-building factory with fun, scenic race courses. Kids select inventive parts with which to construct trucks (including a hamster in a ball as an engine), spray-paint and put decals on them, name each one, and then choose a race course, complete with obstacles and star coins to run over for points. Players need to complete the course before time runs out for points, but they can try as many times as they'd like with as many kinds of trucks as they build.

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What's it about?

First, tap Build and choose a truck body to begin BUILD A TRUCK - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE. Then tap the forward arrow icon to move to the painting room and choose a color to spray on by swiping. Move throughout the factory rooms to choose decals, wheels, the engine, pipes, a horn, and more. To race, choose the snow, jungle, sewer, or surprise track. Use the icons on the screen to go forward, backward, or up or honk the horn. Drive around obstacles and through star coins to earn points. Kids can make as many trucks as they want to race for points and medals.

Is it any good?

Kids who like big, bold, real-life monster trucks will find a lot to love in Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose. Parents who prefer less noise and more creativity than normally appears in the average monster truck game will especially appreciate this app. As the third in a series of truck-centric play apps by Duck Duck Moose, Build a Truck keeps play simple enough for younger players but with enough options and sound effects to keep monster truck fans interested for a long time. The truck factory gets kids building their own versions of the giant trucks; then they can race them through some really cool scenes, including a surprise track that continuously changes. Because the race courses have a time limit and kids earn points during the races, the game includes some challenge within the free-play fun. With those points, kids have access to more options to build and decorate their next trucks. As kids experiment with trucks and courses, they can learn about motion properties such as acceleration, gravity, friction, and drag. The ongoing background music can be turned off. Build a Truck provides monster-size fun without the ultra-noisy crashes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Ask your kids to tell you about their truck-building and -customizing choices. What's the attitude of each truck?

  • Watch videos of real monster trucks. Talk about the choices (including safety precautions!) that those builders and drivers made when creating and racing the real thing.

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