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CotBot City

CotBot City

Fall 2016 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Divine Robot
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

In Cotbot City, preschoolers can build a small town and navigate the town as a special vehicle (or even a cat). Players steer by tilting the tablet, a tricky skill at first for little drivers, but very easy with practice. The town is built out of modules; nine options are available to fill the six slots, and each option can make a different vehicle available or provide a new interaction. For example, building the ice cream parlor allows players to select the ice cream truck and play a mini-game of choosing the ice cream cone each customer selects; building the garbage dump allows players to select the garbage truck, drive around town to collect trash bags, and sort the bags into the correct can (or the incorrect one, which makes the dump manager sad, or onto the manager's head, which makes him angry -- which no doubt makes the players giggle every time).

Cotbot City is always sweet and sometimes silly, certain to be a hit with the under-six set. It cannot replace the imaginative, tactile experience of driving a toy vehicle on the floor, but little ones stuck in a car seat on a long drive will love being able to do their own driving (even upside-down -- try THAT with the family car!), putting out fires with the fire truck, picking up passengers on the bus, and getting a car wash. Parents will especially appreciate the lack of in-game purchases and advertising; this is a safe, family-friendly game.

Emily Crawford   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Divine Robot
Available on iTunes

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