I received this app free of charge for the purpose of this review.
My family really liked the movie Cars 2, and afterward, my son had to get any app that was related to the movie. One of those apps is the Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe. The app started the story at the celebration the night before the Grand Prix began, so part of the story was missed. It seemed like a more abrupt start to the story.
The pictures in this app weren’t as rich as pictures in some of the other Disney Storybook Deluxe apps, and I don’t remember seeing any movie clips either. This is a simpler format than many of their other apps.
This app has some unique extras and some of the extras that we have come to expect from the Storybook Deluxe apps. For instance, we normally see painting/coloring sheets and puzzles in several of the other apps. There are a couple of great games included as well.
There is a lot of great detail in these painting sheets. Quadrants of the photo can be enlarged, but there are still a lot of small areas that are kind of hard for a kid to color. I like the option of the multi-color button for small kids. After pressing that, I was able to use my finger to color a section, and the proper colors went into the proper spaces.
The puzzles are like those in most of the Storybook Deluxe apps with different setting for difficulty. The above puzzle is the “easy” mode.
This is the first game I tried, and let me tell you, I could really get addicted to this game! It’s like pinball, only with tires. The object is to sling the tire off Mater’s hook and get it over the poles on the left but keep it between the poles. Then, the goal is to keep the tire hitting the hubcaps to rack up points by tilting the iPad back-and-forth.
The second game is similar to the old “Simon” game. The different lights flash (and horns sound) in sequence, and the person playing has to repeat the sequence back in the proper order. This is also a cool game, but I preferred the hubcaps game.
The Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe app is priced at $5.99 and is available for iPad. I’m torn on the price. The games are a lot of fun, but I wasn’t as impressed with the story as I have been with many of the other apps. Also, the music that is played while the story is being read is kind of overpowering in relation to the story. We looked for a way to turn off the music and were unable to find one. This app is really a toss up. Some really fun parts and a few not-so-great parts.
Disclosure: I received this app free of charge for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation from the provider of this app, nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions area 100% mine.
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