Solve Science Puzzles Inside the World of a Nick Jr. TV Show
In Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue, kids help Monster Truck Blaze and his human rider A.J. to rescue trapped dinosaur eggs. The eggs are scattered throughout three locations, each housing 15 puzzles. In each of the 45 puzzles, kids use Blaze's shooting ability to free the eggs. Depending on the puzzle, Blaze shoots water, lasers, or bouncy balls. Players must manipulate objects in the puzzle to allow the shooting material to reach the eggs so that they can be freed and then hatch. As a bonus, each puzzle also hides a prehistoric gem to find to give to Blaze's pal Zeg (a half triceratops, half monster truck character who collects the gems).
Apply Engineering Principles to Become Heroes
Kids Use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts along with problem-solving skills to rescue the eggs. The puzzles contain simple machines, such as wheels, pulleys, cranks, levers, mirrors, pendulums, and more. By touching items on the screen or shooting them with water, lasers, or balls, kids can clear a path to the dinosaur eggs.
For example, in one puzzle, kids will spray water to fill a bucket so that its weight can counterbalance a boulder dangling from a pulley-controlled vine. In another, they will aim a laser so that it reflects off a mirror to melt the ice around the dino egg (amazingly, the egg is never injured by the laser!). Some puzzles use mushrooms as bouncy surfaces to angle balls, while others require players to spin cranks.
By being so hands-on, Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue
turns players into heroes. In the process of becoming "Rescue-sauruses" by saving the threatened eggs, kids experiment with and learn about engineering principles.
While some puzzles require more steps than others to solve, the puzzles don't really get harder. And the app frequently offers suggestions, making it a better fit for younger players in the targeted audience. Each puzzle is different, presenting new and varied elements to explore.
The app starts with a video showing dinosaur eggs rolling out of nests (which concerns Blaze's buddy Monster Truck Zeg) and ends with a celebratory animated scene in which Blaze and Zeg high-five with their wheels. However, the app doesn't have any other story -- it is just 45 fun STEM puzzles to solve.
When shooting the water from Blaze's hose, this app reminds me of the gameplay found in Sprinkle Junior
. If your kids enjoy Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue
, but breeze right through it, try Sprinkle Junior
because its puzzles are harder.BONUS CONTENT:
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Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue makes exploring simple machines fun, regardless of whether or not you are a fan of the Nick Jr. TV show on which this app is based. With its baby-dinosaur rescue theme, the app also fits well with kids who can't get enough of playing with the giant reptiles that used to walk the earth.
This Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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