Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Wacky duo heads up complex, multi-day, immersive AR story.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

This story is more about having fun than learning. That said, kids can work on time management and executive functioning skills as they coordinate requests that come in from multiple characters and send contraptions out on jobs. And, they'll get good practice using AR technology.

Ease of Play

The game is quite complicated and has only the most basic instructions. It'll likely take kids lots of time and exploration to figure out how everything works. Once they get it, navigation and play is straightforward.

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There are some links to the developer's website where users can buy merchandise; There's no parent gate.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up is an augmented reality interactive story told over multiple days. In what the developer calls a "real time adventure," players take on the role of an employee with Wallace and Gromit's new cleaning business and must attend to and coordinate all the job requests that come in. A wacky story about this new business, and its main client -- a businessman, wannabe mayor -- unfolds through video, audio messages, mini games, and tasks. New content is added every day throughout the story, so to truly follow the game, kids need to sign in regularly over a period of time. And, some tasks run in the background for minutes or hours. Because of that, it's easy for Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up to take up lots of time over multiple days. The game is also complex and has only minimal explanation, so it may be confusing for kids to figure out, at least at first. To play the augmented reality games, kids must allow access to their device's camera and need to be able to move safely around their physical space. Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up requires users to sign in with an Apple or Google account, and then agree to the developer's privacy policy and terms and conditions to get started. The download takes up a lot of memory on your device and play requires a strong internet connection. The app store indicates that there are in-app purchases available, but at the time of this review, the story was free with no purchase points. 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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUlrika February 2, 2021

Wonderful, wholesome entertainment during difficult times

Love this app, the story is really engaging and the AR is really magical. Can't wait to see how the story ends!
Teen, 13 years old Written byShrekTheMinion December 31, 2021

What's it about?

Sign in to WALLACE & GROMIT: BIG FIX UP with an Apple or Google account and indicate your time zone. Once in, the experience begins with a short video to set the story: Wallace and Gromit have a new business sending out their crazy contraptions and gadgets to clean up messes throughout the city. Kids are then in charge of coordinating Spic & Spanners as they follow a story that unfolds over multiple days. In the news feed kids see story plot points and updates through videos, audio messages, and text.

A communication section includes audio from story characters describing job requests and follow up messages. The jobs tab lists requests for the business' services. That's where kids coordinate the various contraptions and gadgets that go out to complete the work. In the workshop, kids keep track of the work crew. They collect the spare parts they earn by completing jobs and use those parts to build and upgrade contraptions and gadgets. And in the playground, kids can place their contraptions with AR to play and explore. Some jobs require kids to simply wait a certain amount of time (from minutes to hours) for the contraptions to complete the work. Others involve AR to fix or clean something, or explore a virtual space to find target items.

Is it any good?

For kids who can get past a confusing and complex set up, this interactive adventure is an exciting, entertaining, and innovative approach to gaming and storytelling. Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up takes a lot of patience. First, kids need to work out how all the different parts fit together, and what exactly their role in the story is. Then, many "jobs" involve assigning the right contraptions to do the work -- and then waiting. Finally, the story unfolds slowly, with new material coming over the course of multiple days.

But, these aspects are actually what make Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up delightfully unique. Wallace, Gromit, and the supporting characters are wonderfully animated and voiced -- and are just as wacky and fun as you'd expect them to be. Kids who get into it can really feel as though they're in the story, and it becomes an immersive experience. The AR adds a nice element in which kids move around to act on objects that appear to be in the room with them. That said, Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up isn't really a game -- and that becomes clear with the kinds of jobs that kids are asked to complete. Once a day or at certain plot points, kids can play an AR game to, for example, repair a rocket ship that's caught fire, or explore a room to look for target items. But most of the jobs that kids complete to earn points involve sending out the contraptions they build to jobs and then just waiting as a clock ticks down on however long the job is supposed to take. There, the "game" becomes figuring out how to manage your inventory and coordinate your worker contraptions. One downside is that checking in on how "business" is going can be a real time suck, and can encourage kids to obsessively check their device multiple times throughout the day. Overall though, for kids who have the time -- and patience -- this can be a really fun way to experience a story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up uses technology to tell a story in a new way. Is it fun to experience a story like this? How is it different from simply watching a movie?

  • Discuss time management and make your expectations clear about screen time limits. It can be easy to get sucked into this story. When, where, and how often is it okay for kids to check in with the story?

  • Make it a family thing and play together with your kids.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (app store indicates optional in-app purchases for more content $1.99)
  • Release date: January 17, 2021
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Adventures, Robots
  • Size: 1100.00 MB
  • Publisher: Fictioneers Limited
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later, Android
  • Last updated: October 7, 2021

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