Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers is a techy playset that uses the Osmo play system with the Mindracers app and playset to have virtual races between players using Hot Wheels cars and action tokens. You set up the playset by placing the Osmo base on the Mindracers playset. An iPad is placed in the base with a mirror clip attached. This allows the camera to capture and recognize the cars and tokens placed on the playset. Follow the prompts on the iPad screen to play the game. Ready. Set. Go!
Hit the buttons to release the cars and watch them zoom out of view. What happens next all takes place on the screen by using tokens that are provided. Kids have to throw the tokens down on the track to prompt boosts, spins, attacks and more. A series of challenges helps you get used to the play and you can use the tokens as many times as you need. While the primary goal of this racing game is to race head to head there are a couple joint challenges where players have to work together to earn the points and make it to the end. This encourages communal thinking and helps kids work together to achieve a common goal. We like this game a lot. Osmo is known for their educational coding and word games that focus on learning but this Hot Wheels Mindracer set is purely for fun and we love it. It's a fast-paced game with lots of excitement and chances to move up and unlock worlds and challenges as you go.
Kids will really like taking their orange Hot Wheel's racetrack play right to the screen but still having a very interactive component by using the tokens. The use of the cars launching at the beginning of each game is a bit much and maybe even unnecessary but it's still fun to have that tangible element to this virtual game. This game helps with hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, quick decision making and creative play. You can compete against a robot if you do not have a partner to play with but we also enjoyed playing both cars ourselves in the early challenges! While there are a lot of great details that kids will like, parents will appreciate the simple and neat storage of this toy. Everything stacks and store within itself making it easy to put away.
The Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers is for ages 5 and up. This is ideal for early elementary aged kids up to adults.
This playset comes with 5 cars in various sizes and colors and a plastic track base. This is available in two kits. Small and Large. The small kit is just the Hot Wheels Mindracers kit and the large one includes the Osmo base for IPad. This base allows you to play all the other Osmo games with the purchase of each game set. IPad sold separately.
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