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Thomas & Friends: Magical Tracks

Thomas & Friends: Magical Tracks

Spring 2017 Mobile Apps
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Developer: Budge Studios
Platform: iPad

Thomas the Tank Engine Magic Tracks is a virtual train set that features the beloved title character and tons of familiar friends like Percy, Henry, and James. Players drive the trains all around the landmarks of Sodor- up hills, around curves, over drawbridges, and even through roller-coaster-like mountain passes exploring the island. They can ride the trains freely throughout Sodor to explore and play a variety of mini-games. Thomas might need to clear the tracks of wayward sheep, outrun falling boulders, or even just get a wash at the Engine Works. As players complete the mini-games they earn new engines, locations, and items to extend their world. The app hones hand-eye coordination, visual tracking, fine motor skills, attention, and following of directions. Although there's fun to be had in the free version, there are plenty of in-app purchases; additional items, trains and activity sets are available for $1.99-$3.90; or, the complete set can be purchased for $19.99.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

Look for this product at:
Budge Studios
Available on iTunes

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