A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
RENEGADE BUGGIES challenges players to gather the items from their shopping lists while dodging obstacles and trying to nab as much money and as many coupons as they can on the way to the store. Once there, they'll need to compare the prices between like objects to see which one is the best deal. Picking the best deal means more savings to use in the Virtual Auto Body Shop, where kids can pick up power-ups and gear for their character and shopping cart. Runs aren't timed, and kids can't lose. The worst thing that happens is overspending.
Is it any good?
This clever twist on the endless runner is all about financial literacy and wise comparison shopping. Though there's nothing terribly original about Renegade Buggies as far as games go, trying to scoop up all your batteries, chips, and pajamas while grabbing money and coupons and dodging obstacles still has an addictive quality. Because there are so few negative outcomes, it's a good choice for kids who stress about their characters "dying." The financial-literacy component is only a small bit of the game, unfortunately, and it's easy to guess your way through, especially if you don't care about upgrades. The Virtual Auto Body Shop could use a few more options to make it more compelling to save up your cash, but kids are either going to enjoy this one or not. The one real flaw is that there aren't any challenging price comparisons during play. Once kids grasp that they should always buy the less expensive of two items of equal size (something the game continues to emphasize), it would be great to bump up the difficulty. It's worth a play and may help kids learn a few things, but its lack of increased challenge may cause kids to check out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about saving money and comparing prices as they play Renegade Buggies. How do you compare prices between items of different sizes? What are other ways you can save money when shopping? Take a trip to your local store for a practice run of your own.
Talk about coupons and promotions. Why do companies give out coupons? Do coupons always give you the best deal? The game offers promos for a percentage off. Is it better to use those right away or save them?
Talk about screen use. How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could play? If you have limited time for screen use, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: money
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, thinking critically
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 19, 2017
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 172.00 MB
- Publisher: National Center for Families Learning, Inc.
- Version: 1.2.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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