Parents' Guide to

Planes: Fire & Rescue

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Interactive storybook not as intense as movie.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try, Free Entertainment
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Even with the notice upon opening the app that it includes in-app purchases, kids are likely to be disappointed not to get full access. Parents may want to consider downloading and playing the preview themselves before involving eager kids in playing along. Then they can delete it if they choose not to purchase it all, or hand it over to kids once the whole story is in place.

Although the story is interactive, each page is only slightly interactive -- the planes move just a bit, more like a vibration. The settings aren't easy to find (a tab in the information section), but that is where parents can choose the "read to me," "read it myself," or "autoplay" settings. In "read to me," no words are read aloud, so kids can't tap an unfamiliar word for help. The games come along every few pages of the book and are fun and appropriately challenging, and kids can earn badges for performing at certain levels (though that level is never spelled out).

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Free (The freeview gives kids access to three of the eight sections of the story and some of the activities. You can unlock the whole package for $4.99. The story alone can be unlocked for $3.99, and each activity -- the jigsaw puzzles and the scene builder -- can be unlocked for $1.99 each.)
  • Release date: July 14, 2014
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks , Adventures
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 16, 2016

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