Thunderbirds just seem to have an ageless appeal. I remember watching episodes when I was younger and who can forget watching the famous Tracy Island Blue Peter episode in the early ’90s?! Now they are appealing to a new generation since ITV relaunched a modern version of the old classic show.
To connect further with their new younger audience, Kuato Studios and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have teamed up to create Thunderbirds Are Go : International Rescue app.
The app is available to download for free on the App Store and on Google Play and is aimed at children aged 6-11. Both my boys (aged seven and nine) fall in this age range and have had fun testing the game out.
The idea of the game is to play as one of the Tracy family and use the iconic Thunderbirds vehicles in an attempt to complete various missions.
Both of my sons found the controls easy to use, and the directions easy to follow. It’s extremely hard to find something that will entertain both of the boys but they both loved it. The problem solving meant that it wasn’t too easy so didn’t become boring, while the challenges were also age appropriate.
There are parental controls which a fantastic addition. You can add a time limit to prevent the children having too much screen time. Although it brings complaints from the kids, the app enables you to carry on where you left off so it doesn’t ruin the game. Within the parental controls you can control the volume of the music and sound effects which is always a bonus when you’re trying to get on with your own work!
I always prefer the boys playing apps that have an educational aspect to them. Luckily this app does without the kids even noticing! It develops their fine motor skills and their problem solving ability as they work their way through the challenges. It also helps with their reading, as they read the storyline of each mission.
We downloaded the game onto the boys iPad minis and they app ran well without any issues. The graphics on the game were brilliant, especially for a free app.
Both the boys and I would thoroughly recommend the Thunderbirds Are Go app.
If you would like to download, the links are below for both Apple and Android users.
Disclaimer : I was compensated for this review, but as always opinions are my own.