Adventure Academy

App review by Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Solid learning content might get lost within greater game.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 53 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 6+

Other complaints don't understand values of non-traditional learning formats

This is an excellent app. I've read other complaints rating it poorly for not following a straightforward learning path. This is part of its brilliance. Kids decide what to learn about on their own which increases their interest and capacity for consumption. I was also surprised to see people claiming there was no learning content. It's bursting at the seams with learning content, it's just not presented in a traditional manner which intimidates parents who have not studied the psychology or process of learning in kids. This mentality is largely the reason why our learning systems are so outdated and don't allow for innovation. Other complaints are technical ones. These are likely due to the complainant's hardware or IT skills. For example, one complaint was that the game takes over the whole screen and they didn't know how to exit it. A quick Google could provide a solution (Windows Key - D) There are some technical glitches at times, but with a game of this scale, they're to be expected. Although it's aimed at 7 years+, my five year old son absolutely loves it and has been enthusiastically telling me about science and how his eyes work with light reflection, or telling me about space travel and specific points about the planets, etc. What a shame that something with so much effort clearly put into it, something so innovative and so far unparalleled in its scale gets such a poor rating from people who don't understand the visual, aural, spatial, and over all sensory nature of it. It dares to gamify and succeeds. Absolutely worth the year's subscription. Highly recommended.
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age 7+

Lacking Structure

No structured learning path. It's like Roblox in a school. App would not allow refund even during the trial period. You have to call ABCmouse customer service (800-633-3331) to have the refund processed manually. My boys had fun making avatars, the platform is bright and engaging but we did not find enough educational value in this program.

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