Sago Mini Road Trip

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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From packing to taking pictures, preschoolers drive the fun.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the steps involved in going on a road trip -- steps they're likely to see firsthand as they go on family trips -- such as packing, washing the car, and getting gas. They'll do it all, though, from the driver's seat, giving them a bit of control and power over the situation that kids don't usually have. They can use their imaginations driving silly vehicles or choosing more familiar modes of transportation. Though academic skills aren't the focus, each road trip is 10 units long, and kids will see the mile markers count down from 10 until they arrive at their destinations. Sago Mini Road Trip teaches kids to use their imaginations and shows them how to have some fun in an often boring situation.

Ease of Play

No time limits. No scores. Objects jiggle to prompt kids when necessary, but the dragging and tapping is pretty intuitive.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A logo ad for another Sago Mini app appears on the start screen, but that can be disabled in the device's settings. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sago Mini Road Trip features the familiar animal friends from other Sago Mini apps as Jinga the cat prepares for a road trip. Kids get to choose which friend Jinga goes to visit or a particular destination. Everything is preschool-friendly, requiring no reading and imposing no time limits or set rules. Still, there's an order for each step of the trip for kids to complete. If kids need hints, objects jiggle to prompt them to touch. Once kids start a trip, they have to finish it or restart the app. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byBernice C. March 21, 2017

Cute and easy to play

This is such a cute little game. It's easy and intuitive to play. Kids just drive the car, there is no racing, no crashing. You just drive from one destina... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids start by choosing their destination: the mountains, Egyptian pyramids, or a tropical beach. They may choose their destination based on which animal friend is there, too, as each destination is accompanied by a different Sago Mini animal. Then they pack their suitcase, choose their car, and start on their way. They can stop and wash the car or gas up, and they may encounter some nonthreatening obstacles along the way. The mile markers count down from 10 until they reach their destination, greet their friend, and take a vacation photo.

Is it any good?

Once again, Sago Sago has created a silly, fun, toddler- and preschooler-friendly play experience. Kids get to have some control over an experience that can often leave them feeling pretty out of control: being stuck in a car seat for a long road trip. In Sago Mini Road Trip, though, kids get to choose where they're going, what to pack, and which "car" to drive to get there, from bathtubs to pickles and all kinds of more traditional (and not-so-traditional) vehicles. The one possible frustration is that kids can't stop the trip once they've started without restarting the app. Although that's totally realistic, kids may want to change their car or destination mid-trip and won't be able to do that.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the similarities in the app and their own road-trip preparations, such as packing, gassing up, and washing the car. When packing, what else does the cat pack besides clothes?

  • The cat travels to several fun places on road trips. Ask kids where they'd like to go on a road trip.

App details

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For kids who love travel

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