Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Cool 3-D modeling, racing, and revision; lots of ads.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about physics and problem-solving as they design, test, and rebuild a hovercraft. While learning to follow the laws of physics and gravity in their designs, they can learn to be creative, explore ideas, and revise. During the testing process, they'll learn what flies well and what doesn't and can tweak their crafts, allowing kids to learn from failure. Though the ads and coin-earning are distracting, with some focus kids can pick up some important skills in resilience and physics playing Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry.

Ease of Play

Controls when building the hovercraft can lag. Navigating the hovercraft is quite challenging.

Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon-style violence when hovercrafts crash into walls and other vehicles, then fall apart.

Sexy Stuff

In-app purchases are offered but not necessary to fully build and play. Frequent commercials for other apps and products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry is a free download supported by advertising and in-app purchases. It's totally playable without in-app purchases, but kids will sit through frequent ads for other apps, some of which are rated for teens and older. As the name suggests, kids build a hovercraft, fly it, and then retry their race or rebuild their craft after it crashes. The crashes cause the craft to totally fall apart into tiny pieces and sometimes knock over other vehicles in the process, though it's all pixelated, cartoon-style destruction. Kids can optionally connect with Game Center.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byKim L. January 1, 2018

Extremely Adult Ads

My 10yo loved this game (he rated it the five stars), until I took it away. I cannot allow my son to use games - even kid-friendly ones - that have ads depict... Continue reading
Adult Written byRobert S. February 9, 2020

Child Friendly

This is a game where you practice designing a hovercraft and driving it
There is little violence and the ads are about other games and nothing inappropriate.
Kid, 11 years old December 4, 2019
Fun gravity game and very easy to play

What's it about?

In HOVERCRAFT - BUILD FLY RETRY kids can fly an existing hovercraft, create their own, or purchase a specialty craft in-app. Then they fly through traffic, weaving through obstacles by tapping left and right or collecting coins until they crash, sometimes causing massive chain reactions. Races are recorded so kids can replay their last race. To customize a craft, kids piece it together, block by block, and must include a power source and thrusters. Kids can create and save multiple crafts. As they play, kids earn coins to use for getting more hovercrafts and can share their point achievements via email or social media.

Is it any good?

Putting aside the barrage of ads, Hovercraft - Build Fly Retry is a fun and educational experience for kids. The races -- including the crashes -- are fun, and kids can review the video of a race and try again to improve their distance. The track doesn't change, though, which may get boring, but kids can keep it fresh by trying it out with other hovercraft. Also, the controls and speed are challenging enough that they either will keep kids enthralled or frustrate them. Unfortunately, the ads and "free gifts," which are earned for playing for certain lengths of time (kids see a countdown showing how much longer they need to play to earn another gift) or watching ads, make it feel really gimmicky and distract from what could be a real gem.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to kids about your guidelines for in-app purchases and explain to them how advertising in apps is used to make money. Check out What's the best way to talk to my kid about advertising? for ideas.

  • Take the hovercraft building process offscreen and create with Legos. Kids then can recreate their ideas in-app and test them out on the virtual road.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love sandbox games and engineering

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