This is my car

Steer­ing in the right di­rec­tion?

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - £1.99 De­vel­oper urbn pock­ets, urbn-pock­ets.com Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.0.13 Age 4+

The idea of this app is to teach kids (aged 6-8) about cars in a way that’s more fun than stand­ing out on the drive­way on a cold morn­ing. It has in­for­ma­tion on how cars work inside and out, from safety fea­tures to the me­chan­ics. Some of it’s great, like the minigames that take you through how to check the oil or change a tyre. Ob­vi­ously they’re no sub­sti­tute for the real thing, but they make the process less opaque.

That seems to be the idea of this app – mak­ing cars less mys­te­ri­ous, rather than turn­ing out fully-fledged young me­chan­ics. And it’s good at this, but we feel like it could be bet­ter. The en­gine guide glosses over so much of how it ac­tu­ally works, but it’s stuff that wouldn’t be hard to ex­plain with an­i­ma­tion. It’s a mixed bag like this all the way through, and suf­fers from some bugs/trans­la­tion is­sues. It’s nice, but it’s not great. Matt Bolton

Does a great job of de­mys­ti­fy­ing cars in some ways, but stum­bles in oth­ers. Lacks pol­ish, too.

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