Go Car Go
What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
This addictive app makes exploring momentum, gravity, and velocity incredibly fun. Players who enjoy experimentation will adore it, although it can be quite challenging.
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.
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'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?
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.