TGWK’s Review – Makego v1.01 (iOS)

Makego is an interactive app from developer Cowly Owl. The app however isn’t interactive in the traditional sense like when we are talking about storybook apps and being able to interact with the story. Instead, Makego is interactive in a sense where it makes your entire iPhone/iPod Touch interactive by transforming it into the heart of a vehicle that your child builds out of either LEGO, cardboard boxes, or any other types of construction materials.

Makego is a very simple app with only 1 purpose, to bring your buildable vehicles to life. There are 3 types of vehicles you can build upon – a race car, an ice-cream truck, and a motor boat. The first step to using this app is to have your child build a vehicle using anything they can find their hands on. It can be LEGOs, cardboard, paper, it doesn’t matter. Once built, you place you iPhone/iPod Touch into the vehicle and start the app. Makego enhances your child’s vehicles by adding sounds and characters to them. There are even interactive elements like refueling or patching up holes in your boat. There is a button too that allows you make engine noises for when the vehicle is moving.

Makego is a neat idea and one that I’m surprised no one else really came out with. At the moment, the app is a bit limited with only 3 different vehicle types so hopefully they’ll add more in the future to extend the functionality of this app. It is a bit much for $1.99 in my opinion, but if they can add more vehicles to it, it will be worth the price.

Makego is available now in the App Store for $1.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.


*** What is it? ***

Makego turns your iPhone / iPod Touch into a toy vehicle.

It encourages fun, open ended collaborative play between parent and child. Combining creativity and imagination with the virtual world on screen.

Select your vehicle within Makego, then interact with the drivers and their world through animations and sound. This release has 3 vehicles to play with: a race car, ice-cream truck, and river boat. More vehicles are coming soon.

– Motion activated engine noises & turbo boost selector
– Change the car’s paint colour
– Working speedometer and petrol gauge
– Refuel the petrol tank when you’ve raced it dry

– Serve the correct ice-creams to customers
– Collect the money and put it in the till
– Toggle the musical jingle to tell everyone you’ve arrived

– Start and stop the engine for a leisurely trip along the waterways
– Feed bread to the hungry ducks along the way
– Sprung a leak?! Fix holes in the boat using a hammer from your toolbox

Visit the app website to watch videos and get inspiration for building your own vehicle:

Created by Cowly Owl

Requires iOS 4.3 or above

[via App Store]


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