Train-obsessed preschoolers become rescue-patrol trainees in this engaging pop-up adventure.
In the railroad world of Chuggington, trains Wilson, Brewster, Koko and Chug Patrol chief Jackman are always “ready to roll,” eager to fulfill their locomotive duties at a moment’s notice. Although designed to mimic a pop-up book, this engaging app is more game than story. Here, Chug Patrol trainees (aka readers) earn merit badges catching runaway wagons, removing rocks from a collapsing mine tunnel, laying new track, speed training and other like activities. Actions are clearly defined and repeatable, and badges earned are on display at the back of the book. The lack of storyline doesn’t lessen the fun thanks to well-executed design, effects and sound throughout.
Those unfamiliar with the video series might want to begin there for the Chuggington back story, but as is, this entertaining train ride is worth the ticket. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)