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Train Kit Space

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Design 3D landscapes for locomotives on other planets.

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Educational Value

Wasn't created with educational intent, but there's potential for creativity and problem solving. Kids can use the app's tracks, tunnels, and objects to create and solve their own design challenges.

Ease of Play

Big arrows point out the menus for getting trains moving, finding objects to place on screen, and turning on the train's-eye view camera. It would be even better if you could access those hints again.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TRAIN KIT SPACE is a virtual model train kit that lets kids build tracks, tunnels, and landscapes on the sun, the moon, the Earth, and on the other planets in our solar system. Kids drag and drop trains and other objects to a grid, and they can tap buttons to set their trains rolling forwards and backwards. Plus, they can tap a camera icon to get a train's-eye view of their creation. Each creation is saved locally on the device and can't be shared. 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.

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What's it about?

In TRAIN KIT SPACE, kids create a virtual model train track by filling a grid on the surface of a planet with train tracks, tunnels, rocks, and other objects (like greenhouses and rocket ships). Kids can drag and drop items from the game's three menus to create their landscape, and they can drag items off the planet's edge to delete them. You can place two trains with two cars each on the tracks you create, and a controller menu lets you start, stop, and reverse each train. Kids can also tap the camera icon to see the view from each train as it travels around the tracks.

Is it any good?

If you've ever dreamed of building a moon base or a city on Mars, here’s your chance: This fun game invites users to create landscapes and build courses for model trains -- in outer space. It’s super simple to drag and drop tracks, tunnels, and other objects into the landscape. And it’s fun to discover how different items will look in the landscape (like boulders and stalagmites) or react when your train cruises by (like a rocketship that blasts off), especially when you tap the camera icon and see your train's journey from its perspective. It's also fun to see the consequences for your actions — your trains can fly off the edge of the planet into space! — and it's luckily easy to start a new level on another planet or reset the level to start again. Of course the game isn't as realistic as some of the other model train games from the same developer (like Train Kit), but who cares? You're building a greenhouse on a meteor or laying train tracks on the surface of the sun. Silly, creative fun is the point. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Train Kit Space compares to a real-life toy train set. What makes this game different from a real-life train set? What's the same? If you have a train set, work together to make a complicated track arrangement.

  • The app's main screen lets you select different environments to build on, including several planets in our solar system and the moon. Can you name the planets? How can you tell which is which? What's different about building on each planet?

  • As you place tracks and objects on the surface of a planet, talk about cause and effect. What might happen if you place an object too close to the track? What might happen to your train if it flies off the edge of the planet? 

  • Work on some maze puzzles with pencil and paper together. For an extra challenge, ask your kid to design a maze for you to solve.

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