Australian Council on Children and the Media

Wheels on the Bus - Duck Duck Moose LLC

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The Wheels on the bus app is an interactive musical book based on the well-known children’s song ‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’. Suitable for children aged 4+ (children of a younger age could also play this app with time restrictions).

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Wheels on the Bus was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 February 2018.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Wheels on the Bus
Developed by: Duck Duck Moose LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for children aged 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Wheels on the Bus contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are no levels in this app but all parts of the app were accessed for this review.

App description

This app mimics a traditional story book, with the addition of music that children can sing along to, and interactive elements. The opening screen on this app provides instructions for the user to either ‘poke or slide things on the screen to see what happens’. The developers offer a couple of opportunities for the user to practice these movements including poking a teddy bear to make it jump, and sliding a chef’s hat up to reveal a frog. These are the two skills required by the player to turn the pages and interact with the book. As the player turns the pages (using the arrow button at the bottom of each screen) of the book they can swipe to move the bus along the road, open and shut the doors of the bus, move the windscreen wipers etc. They can also poke the screen to make the people go up and down, make the dog go ‘woof, woof’ etc. While this is happening the music is playing in the background and the words of the song are printed on the screen.

Reviewers comments

This app provides an opportunity to develop literacy skills similar to those developed when reading a book. The accompanying musical recording uses realistic sounding instruments and provides the opportunity for the user to record their voice over the top of the instrumental music. The addition of the interactive elements mentioned above may also help develop fine motor skills and improve hand eye co-ordination, and add another level of enjoyment for the young reader. 

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

None.

Gambling

None.

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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