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Amazing Coin

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Confusing coin sizes, lack of options limit app's value.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to spell coin names and learn coin value and how to calculate and make change with coins. Amazing Coin presents money management through several games, including spelling coin names, matching coins, ranking coins in order of value, paying for items, and making change. The coin graphics could be more realistic, and there are some grammatical errors in the instructions, but the most limiting factor is a lack of controls. You're unable to select levels, exit the game, or even begin over unless all the levels are completed. A lack of controls, confusing graphics, and language errors limit the potential for Amazing Coin.

Ease of play

It's easy to start playing by touching the green arrow, but difficulty increases rapidly from following patterns to counting coins and making change. There are no control settings. Nickels and quarters appear to be the same size, which is confusing. Amazing Coin lets you come back to the point you left off.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Buttons on the title screen link to three other games for sale by the same developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Amazing Coin is a money-skills game that uses engaging undersea graphics that rapidly progress from spelling coin names to making change. Parents will need to work with kids who are learning coin values and making change, as there's little in-app teaching. The sizes of the coins can be confusing, with the nickel and quarter appearing the same. Some on-screen text contains grammatical errors. There are no controls or settings within this app. It starts up on the level on which it was left, which may be an issue if multiple players want to use it. Each level has some verbal direction as well as on-screen directions and positive verbal praise.

What's it about?

Kids play eight levels of activities including spelling coin names, following patterns in coins, matching coin values, ordering coins by value, buying items, and making change. When one level is completed, the app automatically goes to the next level. Kids earn "quarters" for completing levels and can buy food to put in their refrigerator to "eat."

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Kids who enjoy predictability and who already know the value of coins may find AMAZING COIN engaging. But a big drawback of this app is that it's difficult for kids to distinguish quarters and nickels (and even half dollars) because they appear to be the same size. Adding controls that let kids choose levels could improve the experience. Amazing Coin covers such a wide range that it will baffle young kids who don't know how to count money yet and frustrate older kids who are ready to practice counting money and making change but don't need to follow patterns or spell coin names.

Families can talk about...

  • Help young kids set up a piggy bank to collect coins. When it's full, you can use it for a big coin-counting project together.

  • Show kids how you use coins in real-life situations (shopping, saving money, paying for tolls, bus fare).

  • Model calculating the change from purchases and making sure you received the correct change.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Math: addition, counting, money, subtraction
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: defining problems, making conclusions, problem solving
Price:$.99
Release date:March 16, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:14.60 MB
Publisher:Joy Preschool Game
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4 or later

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