REV Cars (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles)
REV Cars (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles) from WoWee
REV (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles) is an awesome RC battling cars product from Wowee.
REV comes with 2 super cool App controlled cars, which feature some really whizzy technology (according to the box there are 7 patents pending for this product). The technology creates a fantastic platform for a hugely enjoyable and addictive play experience…sometimes products feature groundbreaking technology, but don’t deliver a good play experience. That is definitely not the case here – REV is genuinely AWESOME!
There are two essential ingredients for using REV not included in the box – namely a smart phone, as the cars are controlled via an App which can be downloaded at no extra cost from Android or Apple App stores…and batteries, each car needs 4 x AA batteries to work. While batteries are often an inescapable annoyance for parents, one thing you won’t have to worry about is the App, it’s very simple to use, and quick to get into, there’s no elongated instructions or padding – just a very sleek App powering a very sleek RC experience! Because the tech in the average smart phone is quite advanced these days, we found that the phone hooked up very quickly and robustly with the REV car.
REV cars are steered via pushing your finger on the screen of your phone in the App, making it very quick and intuitive to pick up as well as being fairly fool proof! There is certainly a good degree of dexterity/co-ordination needed to master driving your car around, but this is a positive in that it aids motor skills development for kids. The cars move around at a good pace and are very maneuverable. They traverse various household surfaces as well as any RC products we’ve tested. Additional controls are accessed on screen on the App, most notably your weapons are accessed via icons on screen, and after progressing through several rounds of play you can build up quite an impressive array of weapons including Plasma cannons, blasters, grenade launchers, missiles and shockwaves.
If we were testing just one car, than we’d probably rate REV as being pretty good, but not necessarily outstanding, however what really sets it apart, and what truly convinces us that this is the shape of things to come with RC vehicles is that the product comes with two cars, so you can race around and battle with friends, siblings and parents without having to buy another product. Even better than that though, and perhaps where the technology is both most impressive and most entertaining is that the 2nd car can be operated by AI (artificial intelligence), at varying levels of competence and threat! The App features a ‘campaign’ mode where you can move through AI opponents from easy to beat through to much more challenging. This means you don’t have to rely on your friends or family to play…if they aren’t around or if they don’t want to play, you can just compete against the AI characters. The App features quite an array of AI characters, and half of the trick of beating them is working out the best tactics for out driving and out shooting them.
As with all vehicles, there are some practical concerns about using them i.e. they are likely to end up under furniture or flying down stairs! However, they are surprisingly sturdy, we smashed them into each other and other hard objects and neither car showed a scratch – this is quite unusual based on our experience and obviously reassuring bearing in mind the higher price point for the product. We often find issues with wheels on this type of product – either they pick up fluff, dog or cat hair or just end up misaligned due to constant contact with surrounding objects, which can tarnish the fun, but that wasn’t an issue here at all. After numerous bash ’em crash ’em kids used this product and after we’d spent perhaps too long practising how to use it so we could show them how it worked (we did struggle to put it down!), both cars were pretty much as good as new, which is mightily impressive!
WHO’S IT FOR: Kids (and big kids!) over 8 years of age who like RC vehicles and battling.
THE TOY VERDICT: REV (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles) from WoWee is awesome! Features super sleek cars and a highly addictive play experience. Despite the comparatively high price point REV compares favourably with the best toys we’ve ever tested. Most definitely recommended!
WHERE TO BUY:
To see the product on Argos.co.uk, just click here
To see the product on Amazon.com, just click here