Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue

 
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Highly interactive adventure puts kids in the action.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids tap to turn the page and can use the bar at the top to jump directly to certain pages. Kids can listen to the story read aloud or read it themselves.

Violence & scariness

The story line includes an out-of-control, fast-growing forest that starts attacking and trapping people and Transformers. The Transformers and cadets hack and smash and destroy the vines to get free.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A logo ad for another app appears on the home screen but is protected behind a parent lock screen that requires entering an adult's birth year. This book app ties in to the heavily marketed Transformers Rescue Bots toy line.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is requested from kids, and the privacy policy explains that non-personal information is collected using unique device identifiers (UDIDs). Parents can rate the app or connect with the developer's website through links in the parent section.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Transformers Rescue Bots is an interactive story based on an episode of the show Transformers Rescue Bots called "Sky Forest." The story starts with an introduction of the Rescue Bots team and the human family that works with them, so even kids not familiar with the show can easily follow. Kids get involved in the action, which gets pretty intense with super-growing vicious plants attacking people. In one scene, kids choose which tool -- fire, a rock, or an ax -- to use to hack their way though scary vines. Although Transformers Rescue Bots may appeal more to boys, several girls are included in positive roles in the action.

What's it about?

Kids become new cadets and work with Cody and the Rescue Bots to stop an out-of-control forest. The sky forest was created by Cody's friend Frankie to provide clean air for Griffin Rock. The mayor wanted to speed things up and fed the forest super-growth food, resulting in monster-like plants attacking people visiting the forest. The Rescue Bots work together, with help from the new cadet, to fight off the plants and rescue the people. Kids help with several decisions in the story and have their pictures taken for cadet badges.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids take a really active role in TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: SKY FOREST RESCUE, first choosing whether to accept Optimus Prime's invitation to become a cadet and then helping with several decisions throughout the story. There's only one answer that moves the story forward for each, though, and kids are given feedback and directed to choose again if they don't start with the "right" choice. The characters are diverse and show a family working together to solve problems and help people. Kids will have fun helping alongside the Rescue Bots, and the icing on the cake is the ability to add their own pictures alongside the rest of the Rescue Bots team.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the good and bad effects of "messing with Mother Nature." What was good about the forest that Frankie created? What went wrong with it?

  • Ask kids which Rescue Bot is their favorite. Why?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 19, 2014
Category:Books
Topics:Cars and trucks, Superheroes, Adventures, Science and nature
Size:58.40 MB
Publisher:PlayDate Digital Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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