Blue Apprentice - Elementary Science Adventure Game by Galxyz

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Immersive science adventure helpful for reinforcing facts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn aspects of chemistry as they take apart and recombine atomic structures. As they solve the puzzles and travel to other planets, kids also learn about biology, earth science, and physics through new activities, games, simulations, and inquiry-based experiences. Other topics covered include the properties of matter, the periodic table of elements, conservation of mass, ecosystems, energy cycles, food webs, different forms of power, chemical reactions, and Newtonian physics. New content on previously visited planets can also be unlocked, plus there are four open-world sandbox levels.

Ease of Play

In this simple tap-and-move interface, kids can quickly and easily move around and select objects and options just by tapping the screen.

Violence & Scariness

Some mild cartoon violence, mostly not shown on the screen, when the villains do things that aren't nice to other characters, such as set their buildings on fire or change their solid phase into a liquid or a gas without their permission.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blue Apprentice - Elementary Science Adventure Game by Galxyz is a science-based adventure game that takes quite a lot of time to play. For kids who need that kind of reinforcement, this game is a great way to learn basic elementary science concepts, but older kids may find the pace too slow. If your family doesn't have access to an iPad, there is also a full web version as well. Once you have a subscription in place, the full game can be played on either platform. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

BLUE APPRENTICE - ELEMENTARY SCIENCE ADVENTURE GAME BY GALXYZ is a subscription-based science inquiry adventure story for iOS and web where science is taught within the framework of an interactive story set in an alien galaxy. Players act as Thalo, the last of the Seruleans, who were explorers driven by science. Thalo has the guidance of Grit, an alien who mentors Thalo through the adventure. It's their mission to collect a series of Meridians scattered through the galaxy before the evil King Dullard can get to them first. The Meridians are necessary to give Thalo's ship power. Finding the Meridians provides a series of hands-on science-based quests such as balancing a food chain or building a liquid oxygen "freeze ray" to combat evil forces. Once kids progress far enough in the game, they can unlock new content on already-visited planets as well, helping them learn deeper concepts. The game includes 21 episodes of gameplay and four open-world sandbox levels.

Is it any good?

By reeling kids in with enticing challenges (just solve this next puzzle and maybe we can get the Meridian from King Dullard's evil lackey!), kids will have fun and learn some science in the process. As an interactive story, kids need to play through to really get a lot out of it. On the upside, the graphics are impressive and kids will feel immersed in the adventure. And because the scientific concepts are embedded in the story, they're more likely to stick. On the downside, Blue Apprentice - Elementary Science Adventure Game by Galxyz is fairly repetitive, with Grit repeating just about everything that Thalo says, which will be a benefit to younger kids but might frustrate older players. In terms of production, the almost monotone computer-based voices are not polished, though kids probably won't care once they're into the game. Though there's humor built into the game, it's dry and quite subtle, especially with the monotone voices. Ultimately, though, it's a unique experience that gives kids some interactive context for various scientific priniciples.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways in which Blue Apprentice - Elementary Science Adventure Game by Galxyz demonstrates basic science facts that also occur in everyday life, such as the phase changes of water. They can also discuss any inconsistencies in the game, such as being able to refreeze a puddle of water and have it re-form into an igloo-shaped house.

  • Learn about the food webs in your geographic area. What kinds of animals and plants live near you, and how do they survive together? How is the ecosystem's balance maintained?

  • Talk about what kids learn from the apps and games they play to reinforce learning. What scientific principles have they encountered? Does the information make sense to them?

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science: biology, chemistry, geology, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, collecting data, hypothesis-testing, investigation, making conclusions
  • Price: Free to try; full access via subscription
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid ($10.99 for a one-month subscription, $74.99 for a one-year subscription)
  • Subscription price: $10.99/month
  • Release date: November 9, 2016
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Topics: Adventures, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
  • Size: 309.00 MB
  • Publisher: Galxyz
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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