Fiete Cars

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Drive into a creative, make-and-test dream with fun options.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to express themselves as they experiment with different road types, vehicles, and drivers. They'll also work on planning skills to build a cohesive track.

Ease of Play

Aligning roads can be tricky, and getting used to the menu icons and navigation may take a little practice. Otherwise pretty straightforward.

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Consumerism

Free download features a large, visible banner advertising the in-app purchase to unlock the full version, and a small icon on the home page leads to advertisements for apps from the same developer. Parent gate stands in the way of any purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fiete Cars lets kids build their own crazy racetracks to drive along. However, with ramps, balloons, portals, and much more, this is not your typical drive-along-the-road game. There are also 40 vehicle types, including standard car choices and more unique options like a UFO, a stroller, or a tuk tuk (a motorized rickshaw). The free download comes with two predesigned tracks, two vehicle choices, the full set of drivers, background options, and the ability to create multiple tracks. A $0.99 in-app purchase unlocks the rest of the vehicles. Note that one feature makes a farting sound when a car runs over it. Parents can tap the icon of a musical note to turn off the background music. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Start play in FIETE CARS by choosing a premade track or starting a brand-new one with the choice of three backgrounds. Drive up, down, and all around the tracks already made to explore, catch some air, and collect stars. Change vehicle and/or driver at any point. Edit existing tracks or build new ones with the choice of 25 building blocks and effects such as speed ramps, ski jumps, water, or whoopee cushions. Track building can happen in all directions, and kids can zoom in and out to get a better view of the available space.

Is it any good?

A good number of options makes building fun but not overwhelming for little drivers. Fiete Cars has a bit less room to enjoy creations as compared with other build-your-own world games, but there's certainly enough to have fun with. And the relatively limited space makes Fiete Cars a good introduction to this kind of building game. The road options are silly and unique, and it's great that kids can build up and down in addition to left and right. While the two premade roads nicely showcase the different building options, there's still plenty of room for kids to edit and/or build their own from scratch. Forty vehicle and six driver options give kids opportunities for some good giggles. Thankfully, the free download offers a more than sufficient taste of what Fiete Cars is all about. Downsides are that sometimes it's hard to maneuver the vehicle in the exact way you want it, and it can take some practice to figure out how to place new road pieces correctly. And the stars kids collect as their vehicles fly through the air are unnecessary and seem like an afterthought that's not well connected with any other aspect of the game. But overall, it's a solid opportunity for kids to be creative and enjoy what they've made.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids create with Fiete Cars. Ask them which special features they like best and why. Do they like the speed ramps or the leisurely drives? The magic portals or the swimming pools? Find out about what inspires them.

  • Encourage kids to try out all the roadway options and think outside the box. Help them see how they can build up, down, and all around. Then try out the different vehicles and drivers to see if and how they perform differently.

  • Build racetracks and roadways offscreen, too. Take large pieces of paper to draw on, or use boxes, paper towel rolls, and other household items to build something 3D. Then check it out together and let the road test begin!

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