More Trucks -- by Duck Duck Moose

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kids make motion and action with trucks, cars, and more.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about motion, stacking, sequencing, problem solving, and shapes, all while following directions to play with colorful trucks. For example, as kids load the vehicles onto the flatbed truck, parents can point out the different shapes and colors of the cars and trucks they're loading. Also, there's a sequence of events that must happen before kids can crush cars at the dump with the giant dinosaur foot. This playful vehicle app takes kids' love of trucks and adds some learning.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Four distinct games give kids clear options. Audio instructions and visual prompts tell kids what to do with the cars and trucks, which generally involves pressing, tapping, or swiping objects or arrows.

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The main page contains a promotional icon labeled "Apps & Info." Tap it, and a "Parent Area Ahead" label appears that requires users to swipe in different ways with one finger to continue onto a page that lists all the developer's apps. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that More Trucks -- by Duck Duck Moose is a lightly educational, mostly for-fun, motion-play app for preschoolers. It has four main games built into four scenes: Monster Truck, Fire Truck, Flatbed Tow Truck and Junkyard, and Crane and Construction Site. This app contains more interactivity and true-to-life motion in the vehicles than the first Duck Duck Moose Trucks HD app. Trucks and cars move, bump, and roll in ways that are similar to real-life vehicles, and the machine-related sounds are realistic. Fans of the first app will recognize a couple of the trucks, and there are new ones, too. The background music includes tunes from diverse genres, from jazz to Latin and surf. Very basic lessons in movement, shapes, and problem-solving are built into the games, but this app is lighter on learning and heavier on fun. 

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What's it about?

Kids choose one of four scenes and then listen to the instructions. For the Monster Truck scene, kids tap a truck and then drive it by pressing and holding a back or forward arrow button to move it or an up arrow to jump it to collect coins. On the Fire Truck scene, kids play tic-tac-toe and fight a fire. For the Tow Truck, kids swipe vehicles onto a flatbed to move them to the junkyard where they can help crush them. At the Construction Site, kids pick up shapes and build a tower to knock down. This app offers a lot of fun moving, building, and crushing.

Is it any good?

MORE TRUCKS -- BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE is a fun exploration of motion and motored vehicles for preschoolers. The four games all involve distinct alternative play for kids; there's not just a simple change of scenery or vehicles as with some preschool apps. For example, in the Fire Truck game, kids can play tic -tac-toe against a cute firehouse dog before driving the truck to a building on fire and spraying it with water. In the Monster Truck game, kids drive and jump the monster truck to collect coins. Some silly details, such as the growling junkyard dog or an egg-laying pterodactyl, don't have much to do with trucks, but kids seem to like them. The app's background music is varied, and the voice is that of a 12-year-old boy, which makes it relatable for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Ask your kids about the vehicles they're seeing and what they're doing in each game. Quiz them on colors, shapes, the directions they're moving, and what's changing.

  • When your kid plays the tic-tac-toe game, point out some common strategies on this classicly first and most basic of strategy games. 

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