Chuck and Friends: Friends for the Long Haul

Common Sense Media says

Commercial-based storybook, but with good solid lessons.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app -- both the reading of the book and the playing of the mini-games -- is very well-designed to be easy for preschoolers to use.

Violence & scariness

No violence, but there is some stunt driving (jumping a ramp through some hoops).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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The characters are based on toy Tonka trucks. When one character in particular is introduced, the dialogue feels very commercial -- talking about all the cool, amazing things this car can do.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chuck and Friends: Friends for the Long Haul is a storybook app based on Tonka toy trucks. Some of the dialogue, which talks about all the great abilities of these vehicles, can be construed as overly commercial in nature. Beyond that, though, the story has some very positive messages about friendship, taking responsibility for your actions, and understanding your own limits. There are also several instances of memory and word games.

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CHUCK AND FRIENDS: FRIENDS FOR THE LONG HAUL may have some bits that feel overly commercial, but if you look past that, the story (and there are 74 pages of story to be read here) is a nice, positive one for kids. The visuals are great, but there are no interactive hotspots within the book. However, there are a couple of fully-animated moments.  And there are two recurring mini-games that pop up throughout: one is a fun memory-matching game, the other a less-fun screen-cleaning game. Both mini-games reveal letters to spell new words, though -- and all the new words you collect will be available for the story-building game at the end, which is a surprisingly sweet bonus feature. You can earn new words each time you go through the book, too.

App details

Release date:June 14, 2011
Size:93.60 MB
Publisher:Ruckus Media Group
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 23, 2012

chuck and friends long haul

sweet bonus feature. You can earn new words each time you go through the book, too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism


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