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Create a Car
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Create a Car is an app that will let kids choose from a collection of imaginative vehicle parts to create their own fantasy cars. The cars can be saved to a virtual garage and visited whenever you want. In the garage, kids can "start" their cars, which kicks the vehicle's various parts into animation. The cars don't actually go anywhere, though. Several children can each have their own separate "garage."
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Is it any good?
CREATE A CAR allows kids to stretch their definition of what a "car" is with some very imaginative parts and accessories to choose from, like fins, wings, jet engines, fishing poles, and time travel devices. The app definitely allows for lots of creativity. There can be some frustration in finding that certain parts, in the way they are drawn, don't really fit together well, and it seems like a flaw that wheels can only be placed outside the car's body. It would also have been really nice to have someplace for your vehicles to actually drive -- even a simple one-lane road -- but seeing your car spin its wheels inside the garage is the best you get. Still, creative kids can have a lot of fun mixing and matching these parts and pieces. It's certainly a decent app for the dollar.