Adventure Academy

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Solid learning content might get lost within greater game.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

If kids really focus on the learning content and don't get lost in the other game elements, they can learn about a wide range of topics related to math, language arts, science, and social studies. They'll also practice engaging with a gaming platform and have opportunities to chat with other kids.

Ease of Play

There is a big world to explore and it's easy to get lost. Movement controls require practice. Learning games are straightforward.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Requires subscription after one-month free trial. Kids earn coins to spend at a virtual store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adventure Academy is a subscription based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game with a focus on academic subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. It was developed by the same developer of ABCMouse.com and has a similar all-encompassing approach to delivering educational material. Kids wander around a virtual school interacting with other players, completing quests, and engaging with learning content. Parents must create an account with an email address and password. Each kid plays with a unique avatar for which they'll need to provide a name, birth month and year, user name, and gender. When making the avatar, parents set the learning content difficulty level and choose from three chat options: "standard" for free chatting with filters and monitoring, "quick" for chatting with pre-selected messages only, and "no chat" to disable the chat feature. The first time kids enter a new area there can be long wait times for as content downloads, which may get frustrating. Adventure Academy is free to download and includes a 30-day free trial, after which parents pay $9.99/month or $79.99/year. The list of compatible devices and operating systems listed in the app store isn't entirely accurate; check the developer's website to see if your device will work. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJodyInNC September 10, 2019

Hoping for a Refund

Sorry to say, this app is a complete waste of time. There is little to NO learning content. When my son is prompted to do an activity, it’s of his choice. There... Continue reading
Adult Written byVioletMoon October 10, 2019

What a joke!!

We started out with our three children and once they reached level 14 all the quests ended! This virtually led to extreme boredom for my children and the Academ... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 2, 2020

This is a GREAT Waste of time

Listen Parents even know im a kid i can give advice. This Is a Boring Waste, and its just dumb and way to easy. My Mom thinks "OMG BEST EVERRRRRRR" Sh... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 23, 2020

This is amazing! It’s up to your child if it’s a learning app or not

This is a really great game, we play it every morning.
It’s up to your child if it’s good or not. They choose when to learn, and when to make the coins thing a... Continue reading

What's it about?

Create your avatar to enter the ADVENTURE ACADEMY. From there, kids set off to explore the grounds, complete quests, interact with other kids, shop at the virtual store, create personalized buildings, and engage with learning content. Topics in math, language arts, science, and social studies are presented through videos, books, games, interactive problem sets, puzzles, and more. Kids earn points for playing which unlock locations and allow them to buy items for their avatar.

Is it any good?

Quality learning content covers a lot of ground, but it can easily get overshadowed by all the gaming extras and consumer elements. Adventure Academy offers beautiful graphics and an impressive breadth of academic topics in a variety of engaging formats. The environment itself is very impressive, with a setting that mimics a real campus. Kids can watch funny videos, play games, read books, and more. It's clear a lot of thought went in to creating the learning material. But, there's no feedback, little help when kids struggle, and no indication of how far along kids are in each individual game (e.g., how many rounds they need to complete). Parents choose from three difficulty levels when they create each kid's avatar, but content doesn't adapt according to how kids actually perform. Some kids may find it quite a challenge to navigate through the game. Particularly for those not used to gaming, moving the avatar around doesn't always feel natural or responsive, and there's a lot of literal distance to cover between learning experiences. It's not always clear how to engage with the activities, and there's so much learning material, it's easy to get lost. The social aspect is a nice touch for kids this age, and there are reasonable measures in place to help keep the space safe, including the option to turn off chat completely. However, all the game features, as well as the large virtual world and massive database of learning material can be incredibly overwhelming. Not only that, but kids can easily spend their whole time in the game without once engaging with the learning content. So while there are alot of fun and impressive elements, a bit more focus on the educational content -- and fewer distractions -- would make it even better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the academic topics in Adventure Academy. Monitor what your kids are doing and what material they're engaging with. Ask them to tell you about what interests them and what they learned about.

  • Ask your kids how the gaming aspect affects their experience with the app. Does it help them stay engaged? Does is distract?

  • Go over etiquette for online chatting. Discuss what's okay to share and what's not, and how to stay polite.  

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