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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
 
Driving Kids Reviewed
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Mac|Life has posted a new review of Driving Kids, a web based MMO catering to 4- to 7-year olds. In the Flash based game players move around a map, clicking on icons to open Driving Kids' collection of mini-games. Mac|Life gave the child friendly title a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

The minigames let kids practice soft skills like pointing and clicking, recognizing patterns, matching like items, and listening to and following directions. They’ll guide a bus through a maze, match trucks and trains by color, identify matching musical tones, scoop up trash that’s polluting the ocean, complete puzzles and Memory-style games, and dump water from a helicopter to grow mushrooms to feed hedgehogs. (Yeah, don’t ask about that last one.)

While most of the minigames seem just right for the target age group, some of them were so hard, we adults had to give up: the house-building game from the Hydro Tilt level, for example. A minigame that had us tracing numerals by dragging the mouse was hampered by delayed input. And the taxi race suffered from unintuitive controls—the Up arrow always moves you forward, even if your car is pointed in the down, right, or left direction.

Players earn Auro, the in-game currency, then spend it on flashier vehicles or fancy paint jobs. What might be a trickier concept for younger kids to grasp is that the minigames also cost you Auro to play. If you pay 20 Auro as “ante” and then only earn 20 Auro with your performance, obviously you broke even. But if you quit a game in the middle, you’ll earn zero Auro and your total goes down.

Driving Kids has a social component too—you’ll encounter other players in the game world, and you can make friends with up to 50 of them. (No personal information is shared.) Players can chat with each other—Albymedia promises these chats are heavily moderated—and display cheerful emoticons above their avatars’ heads. A few multiplayer minigames are scattered around too, which you can only access if another Driving Kids user is there to play against you.
Read the full review at the link listed below.

Mac|Life: Driving Kids Review
Driving Kids
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