A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
COTBOT FARM is a digital open space where kids can explore farm-themed landscapes and play farm games. Choose from seven vehicles (tractor, harvester, pickup truck) or animals (horse) and navigate with your finger or by tilting the device. Then "drive" the vehicle or animal to look around, crash into things like huge pumpkins, or follow signs to play mini-games. In five mini-games, kids shear sheep, plant and harvest crops, feed a cow to produce milk and manure, fish in a pond, or shop at the farm store.
Is it any good?
The 3D graphics, particularly the animals, are unique -- and the most impressive aspect of this otherwise overly simplified game. Young kids may get a kick out of choosing a monster truck or a horse to maneuver around the beautifully designed farm landscape. Abundant opportunities for a little turbo boost make the drive even more satisfying. Yet vehicles (and the horse) are overly sensitive to even the smallest finger drags or tilts of the screen, which makes staying in control challenging, especially for little ones. And, though the landscape looks nice, there are some questionable inconsistencies. Stray out of the farm area just a bit, for instance, and suddenly kids are in a desert complete with cacti. Despite the fact that there are some directional signs that point kids to where to find the games, they're still not always easy to run across. Unfortunately, the games are so simplified that they end up feeling rather hollow. CotBot Farm gets some things right: nice graphics and open-ended kid-friendly fun. But there's not enough to do, and not enough depth in what is available, to make this more than a cute experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the activities happening on CotBot Farm. Why take the wool off sheep? What do we use the wool for? How does the manure and milk that the cows make help us? What do plants need to grow?
Name and explore the different transportation options. What does the harvester do? What role do horses play on a farm?
Take kids to visit a local farm and witness what goes on firsthand. If there's no farm nearby, try a petting zoo or a horse stable or visit your library to find books about farms.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: animals
- Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 12, 2017
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Cars and trucks, Horses and farm animals
- Size: 125.00 MB
- Publisher: Divine Robot
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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