Candy Train




Fun, colorful track-swapping game for quick-thinking kids.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is a very simple game to learn and the controls are quite easy to use. There are two different difficulty levels, and within those levels, you can change the speed of the train to fast or slow.

Violence & scariness

If the train reaches a dead end, you see the word "crash!" appear over it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Candy Train is a suspenseful and fast-paced -- but completely kid-friendly -- puzzle game. As a train moves around the screen, you need to quickly rearrange the track in front of it in order to make sure it never hits a dead end. You can pick up giant candies and sweets for bonus points. And as the game goes on, more cars will be added, lengthening the train and adding to the challenge.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support


Kids will enjoy Candy Train's vibrant colors and addictive challenge.

Learning Approach

Kids will use planning and strategy to master the game, but the game moves so fast that kids don't have much opportunity to reflect on their choices and internalize learning.


Kids will get some hints and help as the track highlights the best path for them, and Candy Train includes a HOW TO PLAY tutorial.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • strategy

Kids can learn to plan ahead and think strategically in Candy Train. The constantly moving game forces kids to think quickly, yet logically. The colorful board and candy theme are reminiscent of Candy Land, but the challenge of this game is far beyond learning colors and taking turns. Kids must look ahead of the train's path to connect the track and avoid a crash. Candy Train is a challenging and fun game that develops logical thinking and hones planning skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

CANDY TRAIN is a fun, kid-friendly game that requires quick thinking. As a train moves around the screen, players quickly rearrange the track to make sure the train doesn't hit a dead end. Players collect sweets for bonus points. As the game progresses, the train gets longer and the game gets more challenging.

Is it any good?


Candy Train is a great example of a simple concept executed to near perfection. This is certainly not the only app game in which you switch railroad tracks around in order to keep a train moving, but the adorable Candyland-esque visuals, super-simple controls, and smooth, gradual increase in difficulty make this one of the best of its ilk. It also has one extra great feature: the game clearly telegraphs trouble spots ahead, highlighting safe track in pink and placing big exclamation points at potential crash sites. It's user-friendly, incredibly addictive, and can be equally enjoyed by both kids and parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Play alongside or take turns playing Candy Train with your kid, thinking aloud as you play. Hearing your thought process will help kids improve their own strategies.

  • Use the game as a starting point for a conversation about the importance of both planning ahead and adjusting quickly to the unexpected.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 19, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:14.10 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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