One of my favorite toys was a little green metal sports car. (This was in the pre-Matchbox cars days.)
It was a one-seater sports car. I thought it was the neatest thing ever. I loved playing in the dirt with it. (We didn’t have a sandbox. I grew up on a farm and the whole yard was far better than a sandbox any old day.)
When I was recently asked if I would review the iPhone app Cars in Sandbox, I just had to say yes. The app spoke to the tomboy side of me.
This app has eight different types of construction vehicles. The object of the game is to select a vehicle and ‘play’ with it in the sandbox by having the vehicle ‘pick up’ or ‘move’ other toys and items in the sandbox.
For instance, load the dump truck with a beach ball or a rocket and dump it into a box. The road grader scoots a tennis ball, soccer ball, and basketball and into a tube. With the claw of the crane, you pick up blocks out of one box, drive to another box, and drop the blocks in the second box.
When you successfully accomplish a task for the vehicle, you get a star. If you want to ‘play’ with another vehicle, you can easily switch to a different one.
There are many things about this app that delight me. When you press on a vehicle, a realistic sounding motor starts. I love this! The motor sounds different when you ‘drive’ the vehicle forward from when you drive backwards. It idles when the vehicle isn’t moving.
You can open and shut the vehicle’s door. turn on the headlights, and lower the stabilizer jacks. I especially love honking the horn. (I honked it so much my husband got rather annoyed . . .)
Here are some screenshots.
Here are a few of the things I like about this application:
- I love the bright colors.
- I am extremely impressed with the graphics. The vehicles are very realistic and well-drawn.
- I think it’s funny that you bump into another toy when you get to the end of the sandbox.
- This app kept my attention for a long time! I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to show it to my grandchildren.
While the game creators state that this game is for children over 1-2, I think that isn’t quite right. Yes, while children that young can move the vehicles back and forth, they won’t have the dexterity to manipulate the vehicle and the other items in the game. I think that this app would be better for children over 4 years old.
The app costs only $1.99. Check it out. I think this is definitely worth buying! It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s colorful. And, I think children will really enjoy this app. I sure did.
I would like to give away 2 copies of this app. Woot! Woot! All you have to do to enter is post a comment here about your memories of playing in the sandbox or a favorite toy that you had as a child.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this application. However, that did not influence my opinion of the product.