Panther Moto Racer App – New, Reduced For a Limited Time!

Panther Technology is offering a 50% discount on their new app Panther Moto Racer – $3.99 until Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (no mysteries about this price reduction time frame!).

Panther Moto Racer app for iPad is designed for individuals with motoric disabilities. Features of the app as described on iTunes:

• A full range of speeds, including very slow ones for people with limited motion.
• Develop motoric accuracy. Start by leaning to place your hand in the line of the car – and it goes. Hit obstacles and start again.
• Ability for individuals to race the same course at different speeds, so you can compete with others as you compete with yourself. Anyone can win!
• Two different tracks. Four cars. Constantly changing courses. Variety. Fun. Gorgeous design. And complete engagement!
• Completely thought-out controls so that individuals with different motor abilities can all play, enjoy, and participate at their own level.

Here are a few screen shots of the Moto Racer:

Racing modes include a choice of a country road or Arizona desert terrain. Choice of race length are 1, 2, and 3 mile lengths are provided in large big buttons on the screen. Once you choose one of the four race car choices you are ready to choose a level from 1-4 which controls the speed and difficulty of your race. Get ready for at the start line for the countdown given visually and spoken… 3, 2, 1 to 1 then Go!

Music, graphic animation provide an exciting race situation. The pathway is forgiving unless you crash into the rocks or bushes along the raceway but allow you to get back on the track to finish your race while the timer continues to time the user. Visuals are given on the screen of a speedometer and how far along the race track you are in relation to the finish line. I liked the animation when I crashed the car of puffs of smoke or leaves scattered about the raceway.

The finish line gives you your speed when racing against yourself or against another racer as determined when you start your race. Panther Moto Racer is a fun nicely presented car race game for a wide variety of ages. Who doesn’t like to race and beat their time or someone else. I found the app to be easy to use with choice to run the race provided with each race. The size of the track and the car are adequate for someone who have have gross manipulative skills. The four levels of speeds are definitely geared to individuals with motor challenges with level 1 – speed really slow, frustrating for myself with typical motor skills but be great for individuals with significant motor impairment. Level 4 speed provided a bit of a challenge with curves but still was too slow for me liking, but which would be great for those with mobility impairments.

Sound is provided but no options to turn it off other than using the volume control which worked adequately. No other options are available in the app for changing the width of the track or to make any changes with the speed.

As an adaptation, I used a stylus to drive my car which worked as well as using my finger. Trial of higher quality styluses to lesser quality ones all worked the same.  Use of an easel or stand for the iPad when racing should be considered for better positioning of the screen for physical and visual access.

This is a well developed app geared to individuals with mobility impairment. A suggestion would be to  create a few more levels of speed and sizes of tracks allowing this app to be used with a wider range of individuals. The ageless graphics and music of this app makes this appealing for all ages and might interest typical peer interaction to beat their own time if provided greater speed levels.

Panther Moto Racer is a great app suited to those with motoric challenges providing more choices of interaction with friends on a mobile devices! I would definitely add this to my category of ageless games (Tic Tac Toe, 4 in a Row, Action Bowling, Skeeball, Ant Smasher, Cat Fishing, or Jitterbug).

Check out other apps developed for individuals with mobility impairments Panther Technology  offers!

Will this be added to your OT m/iTool Kit?

Carol

 

 

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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