Parents' Guide to

Cars 2 AppMATes

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sandbox-style game works best with additional toy purchase.

App iPad Free Kids' Games
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Great app and toys definitely not required

My son loves this game. It does involve a tiny bit of violence (rockets shooting at other cars) but overall a good game. My son has two of the toy cars that accompany the game but prefers to play with the "Paper Cars" or his fingers. Not using the toys does require a bit of fine motor skills. He's quickly become better than me at the game.

Is It Any Good?

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The CARS 2 APPMATES is two things in one: a free app and a set of toys (purchased separately) shaped like various characters from the Cars 2 movie. The app allows kids to drive around the fictional town of Radiator Springs, participating in races and doing short "missions" for some of the other characters in town. Winning races and completing missions earns hubcaps, which can then be spent on buying things like new tires, horns, and accessories for the cars.

Although the app can be played without the toys using a "paper toy" version of Lightning McQueen, it really shines when paired with the toys. They are placed on the iPad screen, and the landscape moves beneath the toys, making it feel like the toy car is really in the world. The onscreen graphics and sounds coordinate with the toy with great results. The only problem is that sometimes if the connection is weak then the iPad doesn't detect the toy, which breaks the spell as you try to get the connection back.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 21, 2011
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 19, 2016

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