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Off the Rails
$1.99
iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
Ages: 8-up
Teaches: creativity, physics, spatial relations, logic, roller coaster facts and history, engineering
CTR Review
12/15/2014
CTR Rating: 94%
Ease of Use:
8/10
Educational:
10/10
Entertaining:
10/10
Design Features:
9/10
Value:
10/10
Total:
94%
Build roller coasters in real time by tilting your screen. When you are creating your coaster, you see the scene from a first person point of view. You control where the roller coaster track moves by tilting your screen forward, back, left and right, and can create loops, corkscrews, barrel rolls, jumps and more.

Jumps or bad gravity judgments can cause your vehicle to go "off the rails" (or crash). Because there are several cars riding the same track behind you, things can pile up, creating a rather dramatic crash. Tracks can be saved. The more objectives you meet (such as hitting a landing zone, or a target), the more money you make which can be used to purchase new vehicles. The app also features a "learn section" with information about roller coaster physics including centripetal force, G-forces and why roller coaster loops are teardrop shaped instead of circular.

There are five player profiles, 14 vehicles, 75 game objectives and multiple difficulty levels. After you finish a track, you can choose to ride it, or see it replayed in a 3rd person view. This app gets you thinking about the physics involved with roller coasters.

Need to know: There's a learning curve to this app due to the gross motor skill requirement as well as the ability to "visualize" your track. Younger children could grow frustrated; older children and adults will love it.
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