Well, Osmo did it again. They created a game that is interactive, enjoyable and makes a mom who is hesitate to let her kids the join the technology world, happy. Ecstatic, actually. Introducing….Osmo Hot Wheels™ MindRacers. As you can see from my kids’ faces in the picture below, this game is COOL!!! It basically makes 6 different Hot Wheels™ cars come to life on the screen while you race against each other in a virtual raceway. And for boys that are OBSESSED with cars, is there really anything cooler than that?!? From the very first second of unearthing this game and downloading the app, my boys have been transfixed. I mean, just look at their faces!!!
And sidenote…but can I just say that the organizational freak in me absolutely loves that there is a place to store not only the cars, but also the tangible tokens that are required to play the game? Seriously, the thoughtfulness of creating a space to keep everything nice and neat just makes my heart sing. Literally…sing. 🙂
Genius! Anyway, the game itself is meant for ages 7+ and I can see why they set that age limit. However, there is no reason why younger children cannot enjoy this game, although it may take more effort and patience of the parent to sit with them while they learn to understand how to play. The game itself does a great job of explaining how to set up the tokens, where to toss them while racing, and what each token does and how to use them. THEN – it has you practice using each token and both players must master using that particular step before advancing to the next level.
At first, the boys just wanted to race and were frustrated that they had to actually learn how to play! So, with children younger than 7 years of age, this isn’t a game you can simply turn on and let them figure it out. The first time we played, we spent about 2 hours slowly going through what each coin does during the race. That being said, once my boys understood how to play, they were good to go and could (mostly) play on their own.
Initially, the race track itself is pretty short. But once the players learn how to race and master each level, more opportunities are unlocked and you’re able to build the race track and try different techniques of racing. And although we are still in the process of learning how to play the game; launching the cars at the starting line, when to throw the tokens, how to “spin” your opponent, and racing in general…it’s pretty motivating to continue learning because you can see the endless possibilities of continuing to build the track on the main screen.
Did I mention how engrossed my boys are with this game? 😉 Both of them are super competitive (they get that honestly), so they love the fact that they are racing each other. And the sheer joy in their faces when they realized that they could pick a car and watch it come to life on the screen, was absolutely priceless.
Osmo once again impresses us with the ability to combine movement, reflexes, critical and strategic thinking skills with the use of technology. I love that I’m not compromising my beliefs of limited screen time to let my children play with the technology that Osmo has created.
Hope you enjoy as much as our family has!
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