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AR Diorama - Qurious Island

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Nature-themed AR game fun but glitchy.

App iPhone, iPad Free Education
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There's some magic on this island that has the potential to delight kids, but some glitches are likely to get in the way. AR Diorama - Qurious Island is a clever idea. Using real-world and virtual elements together gives kids the space to be creative and go beyond what the app designers have imagined. There's even a downloadable PDF with craft suggestions to get kids started. The reality doesn't quite live up to the promise, though. The controls don't always work as expected, and the app occasionally crashes or does something unexpected. It's also tricky to angle the device so that the flat surface results in a playable environment, especially if a little kid is playing independently. Great idea, but the execution needs polish.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment, plants
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 5, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: January 25, 2018

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