A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about earth and the celestial objects around it. By using the interactive elements, they can figure out how the phases of the moon or tides work. Kids also can compare sizes and traits of the different planets. The simulation and augmented-reality features bring outer space to life in a way a textbook can't, so Arloon Solar System gives kids a window onto faraway worlds.
Ease of Play
Mostly intuitive, but no tutorial and some glitchy features.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arloon Solar System is an interactive reference tool that lets kids virtually manipulate and learn about astronomical elements such as planets, stars, and celestial bodies. Arloon's augmented-reality technology requires a card you can print from the developer's website; it allows kids to use the cameras on their devices to create virtual, 3-D models. Content is available in English and Spanish.
Is It Any Good?
Capitalizing on kids' natural fascination with space, this multifaceted tool is full of exploration options, though the augmented-reality feature is a bit glitchy. Also, this title does not provide quite as much interactivity as some of the developer's other apps: When kids are curious, they can’t click objects such as a solar flare to find out what it is, the way you can click on the liver to learn more in the related anatomy app. Augmented reality works comparably in both tools, requiring kids to hold out a card printed out from the website or to use a detailed picture; though it's cool to look at, kids will get more out of the other features.
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