A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn basics of physics, specifically the impact of mass and its placement on the acceleration of an object. Go Car Go makes being a scientist fun as kids create a hypothesis, test it, and evaluate it –- by creating a car with wheels and weight in varying positions, sending the car down the course, and evaluating what worked and what didn't. The initial levels are easy and offer few choices in the car's construction. But each level offers more choices in building materials, and each course gets more challenging. This addictive app makes exploring momentum, gravity, and velocity incredibly fun.
Ease of Play
The controls are simple to use, but the challenge factor is high. Kids will need patience and an enjoyment of trial-and-error experimentation.
Violence & Scariness
If the car gets stuck, a mean squid floats by and laughs, and the car breaks up into its components. It doesn't look violent, though, because the car is only a few squares and circles anyway.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Go Car Go is a very challenging -- but equally rewarding -- physics game, in which kids build a vehicle to navigate each course level. To build a car, kids can choose from three different kinds of blocks (materials vary in weight) and three different wheel sizes (small wheels accelerate better, but large ones are better if the car could flip). The game can be very tough, so impatient kids or those who are easily frustrated should think twice before jumping in. Kids can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
Go Car Go is a fabulous game to help kids learn the physics behind moving vehicles (and it's also loads of fun). It can be quite challenging, though, so prepare kids for a mental workout. Kids who enjoy experimentation will love the game; they can try and retry each level countless times, each with new vehicle formations. A car that's weighted too much to one side may flip -- but on certain courses, flipping can be useful. Compensate by placing a third wheel toward the top of the car, or perhaps by using larger wheels that will grip better and help the vehicle right itself. Every level will have kids brainstorming anew -- and some will keep them baffled for quite some time.
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