A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- 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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