Kids get the chance to play handyman as they repair broken toys. By repainting fire trucks, sewing on a teddy bear’s arm, or stapling and taping on missing parts, kids get to practice a variety of gestures and begin to learn a little about what keeps things together. Of course, they must also find the right replacement parts for the toys or they may end up with some unhappy customers.
- Jazzy background music
- Positive and negative emotions
- Non-verbal instructions
- Engaging sound effects
It’s the little details that make kids appreciate this game. When a new customer enters the toy repair shop, the bell rings just as if they’d opened a real toy shop door. The jazzy music playing in the background closely resembles the Muzak you might find in a small shop as well. Kids will quickly follow the pointing fingers to figure out what to do to repair each broken toy. A correctly fixed toy leads to a bright smile, cheer and “bye-bye!” while an incorrectly fixed toy leads to tears.
To play, kids must use their matching skills to find the correct parts to fit the broken toys. However, rather than requiring kids to fix the toys correctly, the game allows them to choose to fix the toys with non-matching parts. When kids make the choice to fix the toy incorrectly, they get a lesson in emotions. While some kids will choose to fix the toys incorrectly just to see the animated characters cry, most will want to make them happy and, therefore, fix the toys correctly.
Kids don’t fix the same toys in the same ways each time they play. While there is a limited selection of toys, the repairs rotate. For example, the first time the kids see a teddy bear, it may be missing an eye and an ear. The next time it may be missing a leg. Instead of stapling on all of the broken parts, kids may also have to glue them, sew them, hammer them, or paint them on. These variations make the single mode of game play a little more interesting.
Parents may be disappointed with the single mode of game play. A few more game options or more interaction could make them feel like they got a better value for the price.
Unlike some games with non-verbal clues, kids will have no trouble figuring out what to do. Pointing fingers point out the parts that need fixed and three specific choices for each item keep kids from becoming overwhelmed. They’ll enjoy quickly fixing the toys and trying to make all of the kids happy. Parents can press and hold to access the settings, which allow them to turn off the music, sound effects, and more apps banner.