Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island is an ecological simulation game with 18 levels and that each level presents an environmental issue and then lets kids figure out how to solve it. Players become the owner of an island and can view the island from different angles, so they see trash, oil spills, and more that they must help fix to earn Green Bucks to buy things such as trees. When a player completes all 18 levels (which will require multiple play sessions for most kids), the island is beautiful, natural, and rainbow-framed. Families can create up to four accounts so siblings each can have a game.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- combining knowledge
- developing novel solutions
Responsibility & Ethics
- respect for others
- honoring the community
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Being put in charge of the ecological health of an island reels kids in to this game like few other environmental apps do. The instructions keep things simple while the 18 well-designed levels keep gameplay fresh and fun.
Kids learn by playing ecology missions, soaking in the vocabulary, solving problems, and reading about or listening to the real-world pollution examples. They easily make the connection to our own environment's problems.
The excellent instructions and well-designed user interface make the game flow easily, so kids can focus on learning. The learning material is presented in a variety of ways, including rap songs.
What's it about?
By creating a user account, kids magically become the owner of their own new island. It's littered with trash, so they start by picking up the garbage and placing it in a garbage can. This is the first Fix It mission of many across 18 levels of gameplay. Visual and audio prompts instruct how to swipe or tap to complete the missions. In-between, kids read or listen to information about environmental issues such as what trees do for the Earth or how oil spills are cleaned up. Kids earn Green Bucks during the Fix It missions to buy trees, landscape accents, and "environment savers."
There's also an industrial town, a residential town, and adorable pollution songs and raps through which kids see and hear about environmental issues. Kids also can explore mini lessons about various environmental topics.
Is it any good?
ANSEL AND CLAIR: LITTLE GREEN ISLAND uses a mix of fun animations, video game-like elements, and brief audio and visual lessons to build a story around this island (symbolizing the Earth) for kids to discover what can hurt it and how to take care of it. The simulation-style play, the sounds, and the points earning of Green Bucks don't look the way they do in the other apps in the Ansel and Clair app series, but that doesn't mean this app isn't as top-quality. In fact, this app seamlessly bakes its ecology learning into a sim that puts kids in charge of their learning. Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island is a fun, highly visual, and interactive way to connect kids with caring for the environment.
Families can talk about...
Play alongside your younger player to explain some of the more complex situations.
Brainstorm ways your family can help the environment.