My twin sons turned 3 recently and as usual it was just like Christmas here with toys galore. They were quite easy to buy for this year though as they enjoy so many things at the moment. One of the many things they like is Disney Cars so I went on the search for some Lightning Mcqueen toys seeing as he is the main car in this disney film.
I soon came across the Disney Cars Lightning Mcqueen Driving Game on amazon which cost £24.99 for just one, yes the twins are still expensive lol!
This 'game' is shaped just like lightning mcqueen himself. He is bulky, bright red and fairly heavy too. He is a chunky, yet smaller version of Lightning Mcqueen himself and he even has the wheels at the bottom.
However this is not meant to be a toy vehicle as the game is actually situated on the top of the large and chunky, Lightning Mcqueen car body.
The game includes a screen with a road on it, a steering wheel, a gear stick, an ignition key and a radio. It all looks very exciting put it that way, even I couldn't wait to give it a try. The aim of this driving game is for your child to switch the car on, change the speed with the gearstick, contact mummy through the radio to tell her they are ready to Go and then drive the car on the road screen using the steering wheel. Well although this sounds fun and exciting, that is actually all it does is sound or look more exciting than what it is.
Now when I read 'Now you can drive your very own Lightning Mcqueen' on the Amazon website and the name of the toy is Lightning Mcqueen Driving Game, well I was expecting a little bit more from this toy and to be able to play actual 'games'.
Test your driving skills, the amazon website says, well your child can't really test anything really. The 'car' on the screen for starters is NOT Lightning Mcqueen, it has just ONE road to travel along and it travels in one direction over the same rolling screen by the looks of things. It is actually quite misleading the advertising of this toy as it leads you to believe you can play more with this game when in fact game play is extremely limited. I was expecting, I think, some sort of computerised game that your child could drive through, exploring various levels, perhaps harder tracks to drive through, progressing through the different road designs and enjoying pretending to really drive. This is sooo not the case! In fact all your child can do is sit there watching a screen move which makes it looks like the car, that's stuck at the bottom of the screen, is moving up the road, with the same boring background, they can move the steering wheel left to right slightly and the car does move left to right, but this isn't 'driving' like the game says your child can do. This disapointed me quite a bit as I was hoping for more of a game, especially as it is reccomended for children aged 3 years and up I was expecting it to be a bit more difficult than this.
Although online it says this game is suitable for children aged 3 years plus it actually says on the box of the game it is suitable for children aged 2 years plus which explains why it's so simple and not a proper 'driving game'.
Don't get me wrong the twins have had fun with them, they make loud noises of cars revving and driving, which is great for any boy really right? It's a lightning mcqueen lookalike too which was also a great novelty. They can change the speed of the car with their gear stick which in fact just creates a little extra noise and the rolling screen rolls a bit quicker making it look like the cars travelling quicker, but this seemed to please the boys for a short while. But as I say actual game play is extremely limited and I noticed this as soon as the twins got bored after just half an hour playing with the game as it done nothing more than make car noises and make a car look like it's moving up a road in one direction!
To be honest I wouldn't reccomend buying this, not for a child 3 or over anyway, like I did, maybe it would be more enjoyable for a 2 year old just beginning to explore larger and slightly more exciting toys. In saying that the car is fairly bulky and quite heavy, so perhaps a bit for a child of that age. For a child 3 years or over it offers nothing apart from looking Lightning Mcqueen and making loud noises like a racing car. It looks good and that's about it really, it can be moved about places and played anywhere, just a pity theres not much to actually 'play'!