As a child I absolutely loved watching the Thunderbirds on TV with my younger brother. The original shows were a fond part of my childhood and we have a whole collection on DVD, which my son enjoys watching just as much as the modern remake. He has all the vehicles and Thunderbird 2 is often seen taking off in my living room. I knew he’d love to try out the new Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue app which is a free to play game launched by Kuato Studios.
Kuato Studios and ITV Studios Global Entertainment released the Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue app earlier in the summer and the game is available to download for free on the App Store and on Google Play worldwide.
Aimed at children aged 6-11 years (and mothers of 50+) Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue is a fun game with a number of missions that need to be completed by different members of the Tracy family who form the iconic International Rescue team. The John, Scott, Alan and Gordon Tracy characters will be released soon but for the time being you play the game as Virgil Tracy in Thunderbird 2. He’s called to the Arctic when International Rescue receive a distress call from a scientific research base.
As you work your way through the mission you receive guidance from Brains and John Tracy and can purchase different vehicles to help with the missions.
My son has liked the fact that the controls are easy to use and varied in this game and he’s loved the fact that he can leave the game and return the next day and start where he left off. Or start the mission again from scratch.
One minute you can be guiding Virgil Tracy through the corridors on the research centre and across narrow walkway. The next you are flying Thunderbird 2 through ice ravines. You are up against the clock in the missions, although my son has yet to run out of time.
We’ve purchased one additional vehicle for 99p and others will become available as the game is further developed. But you really don’t need to purchase them to still have fun.
The game sees players tackle different terrains and work on their problem solving skills to track down secret items on the various missions.
Something I really like about the Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue game is the parental controls I can set the game play time that my son is allowed from 10-30 minutes, or unlimited. There’s also a dyslexic-friendly font option if you need it, which is something we’ve not come across before. You can also control the volume of the in-game music and sound effects, another winner from my point of view.
The Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue game also helps my son with his reading, you all know how reluctant he is to read independently! But he’ll happily read the storyline of each mission without even thinking about it. When you’ve completed a mission you end up creating a Mission Log. Again, this is a great way of getting my son to read without really thinking about it. You need to fill in the gaps of the storyline using a selection of different word options to make up your Mission Log. These can then be shared with us.
We’re both really impressed with the Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue game. It works well on both my iPad Mini 2 and iPhone 6 and my son is looking forward to the next release of characters and missions to the game.
disclosure: we are being compensated for writing this post, but as always my thoughts remain my own honest opinions.