Fun Geography Game
This stellar app turns learning about all 50 states into an engaging geography game. Kids move a matchbox car over the map of the United States, stopping in each state to answer state trivia questions in hopes of acquiring that state. The object of the game is to acquire as many states as possible before running out of fuel. Like the collecting of states, earning fuel is also tied to answering geography questions – but this time, the player answers by pointing to places on the map of the United States.
How To Play
Kids start in their own garage with a car. The garage houses state cards to study before adventuring out, but reading them is optional. Driving to a state triggers the three-question trivia test. You might be asked the postal abbreviation of the state, the name of its capital city, its nickname, time zone, or famous landmarks. Occasionally, the questions cover state history. Answering correctly all three random questions earns the player ownership of that state. You also earn in-game currency for every right answer. The game continues by having the player drive to an adjoining state, which uses one unit of fuel. After visiting several states, kids must play the locate-places-on-the-map mini-game in order to fill up the car’s gas tank.
Why This App is Good
This cross country adventure is accompanied by upbeat jazzy music. Sprinkled within the travel are other mini-games that focus on state flags, spelling each state, naming the state capitals, and identifying all the shapes of the states. The app has a fun vibe of going on a trip, not taking a test. By cleverly using geographic knowledge to fuel their cars, players are motivated to ace the state facts. Kids also get "driven" to pick up facts so that they can earn in-game currency to upgrade and customize their vehicle. Geography Drive gets children's learning motors revving as it steers them into a better understanding of America.
With a car motif, this geography app may appeal more to vehicle-loving kids. Even for children who don't have an interest in cars, this app is still worth taking it for a test drive.
This kids' app review of Geography Drive was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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