This marvelous ecology app puts children in charge of designing and maintaining their own island. Surrounding the island are two other island communities that create pollution impacting the whole area. Through 18 levels of challenges, kids learn about how the actions they take on their island and surrounding areas can combat or mitigate environmental challenges. By playing this simulation, kids will learn about the impact of pesticides, forest fires, oil spills, methane, acid rain, and more.
This is a free-to-try app where you need to pay $3.99 to unlock the whole experience. Since the whole experience is so good, we are reviewing the unlocked version.
How to Play
In each level, Little Green Island presents an environmental challenge that kids can fix by doing something in the game. For example, when chemical pesticides used by a neighboring farm creates runoff into community water, players can introduce good bugs to eat the bad ones and thus lower the need to rely on pesticides. Kids will discover that using solar panels and windmills is a way to reduce one’s carbon footprint. When an oil tanker tips over and creates an oil spill, kids can suck the oil up by purchasing an oil skimmer. They will also clean the oil off of the feathers of birds who have encountered the oil.
Environmental Learning Is Baked Into Gameplay
This app's robust ecology curriculum is carefully placed inside leveled challenges where the player is always in control. As kids work to turn their brown island into a green utopia by cleaning up litter and growing trees to sell, they earn greenbucks, the currency of this game. The greenbucks are used in the store, where kids can learn about and purchase over 50 types of trees, landscaping accents (ponds, flowers, and such), and environmental savers needed to solve the myriad of problems that arise.
A Masterful Science App!
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island HD is a masterful science app that helps kids understand environmental issues by introducing them in a game format. It empowers kids to make a difference by letting them fix the eco-problems within this game. Rarely do apps present this kind of depth in such an engaging manner. Little Green Island's use of a simulation format is brilliant, as are its top-notch graphics. Many concepts are introduced in fun, rapping songs, and the presence of alien Ansel as a mentor, adds charm. Plus, the app offers additional information in text format that is read aloud. This is one of the best science apps in iTunes.
This app works best with kids who are interested in the environment and/or who love simulation games.
This Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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