Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island

Common Sense Media says

Eco-friendly game makes kids masters of their own islands.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Visual and audio cues tell kids exactly what to tap or swipe. Levels are clearly delineated. Some portions of the game take a very long time to load.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is required. The developer's About section includes a brief version of a privacy policy (but no formal privacy policy) that indicates it doesn't sell or give any personal information to anyone outside their company.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • plants
  • weather

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • developing novel solutions

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community
  • making wise decisions
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • plants
  • weather

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • developing novel solutions

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community
  • making wise decisions
  • respect for others

Kids can learn how to help fix the Earth's environmental problems. They also learn how human choices impact the world and absorb some vocabulary words (such as "ozone," "pesticides," and "oil skimmer") that go with that subject. Kids see how animals, ecosystems, plants, and the weather are affected by pollution. By playing the game, kids also practice following directions and decision-making. Interactive gameplay and real-world simulations provide in-depth learning within this fun, green app.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99 (intro price, $4.99 regular price)
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:July 31, 2013
Category:Education
Size:177.00 MB
Publisher:Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written byTV free family November 27, 2013
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Not worth the cost.

Nice app that both my boys (7 and 9) enjoyed... but only for 3 hours. That's about how long it takes to finish the game. At 5$, it's an expensive app.
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