Tonka Town

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Charming and fun for truck enthusiasts.

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Parents need to know that this is a real charmer -- especially for children who love trucks.

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What's it about?

Preschoolers who are mesmerized by trucks will love TONKA TOWN. Kids get to drive four big trucks on rescue missions and, while doing so, they'll learn spatial map skills and hone their mouse-using ability. Tonka Town is a special place for youngsters to explore because all the trucks and inanimate objects talk to you -- including the buildings, mailboxes, parking meters, and trees! The buildings send kids on missions to help the town, including cleaning up the garbage in the river, putting out fires, and collecting and delivering the mail.

The game starts with a simple tutorial that demonstrates how to \"drive\": Kids simply move their cursor, and the truck they are driving follows. They are given a map to use. Drivers will quickly discover that they can drive anywhere -- even off-road -- and that the town is made for bumping. If you bump into a mailbox, it vibrates and may remind you, \"You can't mail a truck!\"

Is it any good?

With over 15 missions and four different vehicles, young drivers will find lots to do. There is also a racetrack in Tonka Town, where kids can take on the motley V8 crew--a group of sneaky truck thugs.

While Tonka Town is not heavy on academic learning, it is a real charmer. The trucks are perfect playmates, missions are exciting and challenging, the inhabitants are so much fun to interact with. If you have a truck-loving tyke, don't miss this one!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different jobs done by different trucks. Look at the trucks you see in your town every day and talk about what they do. What's your favorite truck?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: February 6, 2004
  • Genre: Preschool
  • ESRB rating: EC

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