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Minnie's Food Truck

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Sweet mouse dishes up fun food fare; expect in-app buys.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Gestures are all preschool-friendly, and if kids make a mistake, they see the results (such as spattering smoothies if the blender lid is left off) and get a do-over.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The paid app includes one food truck. Two other trucks serving different foods in different locations are available as in-app purchases and can be seen as locked options. Other apps are linked in the parent's section. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the paid app includes a food truck serving smoothies at the beach. Kids can drive the truck around to different areas -- the park and the farmer's market -- but they can't park it there and serve food without an in-app purchase. Included is the smoothie-making truck where kids take orders from customers and blend fruits, veggies, and treats to make and serve smoothies. Kids earn smiley faces for happy customers and can unlock new smoothie ingredients with enough happy customers. Once kids have mastered different foods, they can take their picture to be included on food magazine covers.

What's it about?

Kids start by driving MINNIE’S FOOD TRUCK, with their own image reflected in the rear-view mirror, to a destination -- the farmer's market, the beach, or the park. Customers place their orders in thought bubbles, and Minnie and her crew choose an order to fill and add the ingredients to the blender, salad spinner, or grill, and then serve it. Happy customers earn Minnie a smiley face, which unlocks more ingredients. Minnie's food truck successes are showcased on magazine covers, featuring kids' pictures taken with the device's camera.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Unlocking the complete content makes this a $4 app rather than a $1 app. On one hand, breaking each food truck theme into separate purchases makes sense for kids who may bore of the format quickly. Most, though, may want to drive the truck around and try out the different locations and make different foods, especially since making only smoothies -- adding a few fruits and blending them -- is quite repetitive. The personalization is delightful. Kids will love seeing themselves in the driver's seat and having their own picture taken for a magazine cover. Mistakes happen and are totally fixable, too. If kids forget to put the lid on the blender, they get a huge mess. Minnie handles it in stride, helping them wipe off the screen and start over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about food trucks they've visited in real life. What's your favorite food-truck food? 

  • Ask kids to imagine opening their own food trucks. Where would they drive them? What kind of food would they serve?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99 (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Paid (Beachfront food truck service is included. Other locations require in-app purchases.)
Release date:August 7, 2014
Category:Entertainment
Topics:Cars and trucks, Book characters
Size:129.00 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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