Go Car Go

Common Sense Media says

Challenging and addictive car-building physics app.

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What parents need to know

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

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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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements (and, for some games, to challenge friends). With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • physics
  • momentum
  • motion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • hypothesis-testing
  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This addictive app makes exploring momentum, gravity, and velocity incredibly fun. Players who enjoy experimentation will adore it, although it can be quite challenging.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

Beyond a preview of the course, the app offers no hints, so kids learn through trial and error. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • physics
  • momentum
  • motion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • hypothesis-testing
  • problem solving

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.
 

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

GO CAR GO is an incredibly fun game of physics in action. Kids create cars from provided materials -- wheels and blocks of various weights and sizes -- and send their cars down a course, hoping to catch a star before crossing the finish line. Each course offers a different journey of obstacles. Kids can replay levels, which is helpful if they just must get that star, and each level gets more and more difficult. Players can share results via social media, though that's optional.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Give kids access to actual materials (blocks, wheels, spools, boards, dowels) to create their own cars.

  • Take turns trying to solve the more difficult levels together. This is a fun and challenging app for all ages.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 8, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:10.40 MB
Publisher:Caravan Interactive, Inc.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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