App of the Week – Miny Moe Car
By Matthew McDonnell
Miny Moe Car is a stellar app for young users. But what really makes this app exceptional is that, like the best children’s content, parents will find it engaging as well.
This app is visually striking and beautifully designed. When you open the app you’ll be greeted by a brightly colored orange car that shares some of its lines, but not too many, with the original Volkswagen Beetle. The car is set against a parchment-like background that has softly rendered mechanical drawings of the car’s engine and other systems. These drawings add some depth to an app targeting a younger audience without distracting small users from the task at hand.
The user’s attention is drawn to seven pulsating images. Five of them are blue targets on the car’s body. When you select one, you are presented with a close up view of that portion of the car. Invariably there is some work to be done.
A little intuitive detective work will lead to a quick diagnosis, for example, of a broken head light. The app then provides the tools that the user requires to make the necessary repairs. While the maintenance activity is an obvious oversimplification, it’s impressive how close this app comes to the actual process.
In one of the activities, you need to put gas in the car. When you pick up the pump nozzle, just like in the real world, you need to apply constant pressure to the pump lever in order to keep the gas flowing. It’s this level of detail that moves this app out of the realm of a game and into the realm of an educational tool.
The highlight of the app is the very realistic driving simulation. The user finds herself behind the wheel with a first person vantage point. Once you turn the key, you’ll have to navigate a leisurely drive down a country road – there’s no racing or car crashes here. You’ll need to utilize break and gas pedals and will have occasion to shift gears, clean your windshield, and can even turn on the radio if the spirit moves you.
If you have a child who is fascinated whenever you take a trip in the car or go to the gas station, this app is a must have. But Miny Moe Car it not just for budding car enthusiasts, its an engaging and enjoyable experience for all users. It’s also a great app for parents and children to explore together and that’s the highest compliment that a Famigo reviewer can pay!
Miny Moe Car is recommended for Toddlers and Young Kids for a great educational experience in basic car maintenance and use. Find screenshots, reviews, and family-friendly ratings for Miny Moe Car and more of the best Apple apps at Famigo.com.
Compatibility: iPhone (3GS and later), iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
App Category: Educational Game
Famigo Family Rating: 4 out of 5 stars