Britannica Kids: Ancient Egypt

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Multimedia, interactive content make history accessible.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app has a very nice interface in which users can scroll through a menu at the bottom of the screen to toggle between text articles, images and video, mini-games, and other content. The interactive parts of the app, like mini-games (picture matching, jigsaw puzzles, multiple choice quizzes, etc.), are all very basic and require simple touch-screen controls.

Violence

This app includes descriptions of conflict and war between the various ancient dynasties, but everything is presented in a very sterile, historical context.

Sex

There is some suggestive material in this app, such as references to Cleopatra and ancient etchings that depict scantily clothed people, but this is all in the context of an educational and historical look at the culture of ancient Egypt.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This app's "Shop" section is sandwiched between the games and other features on an option wheel on all of the main pages of the app. "Shop" advertises other entries in the Britannica Kids app series, which are available to purchase from the App Store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Kids can share aspects of the app via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Ancient Egypt is an app that incorporates pictures, videos, games, and encyclopedic articles about the storied history of ancient Egypt. It could be considered a digital encyclopedia, but it is much more than that. The goal here is to teach young users that history can be fun and interesting.

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What's it about?

Brittanica Kids: Ancient Egypt is a digital encyclopedia that encourages players to do more than just read a bunch of boring articles and historical information. It mixes learning with fun, by presenting them with a variety of mini-games as well as a series of quizzes that provide a sense of reward and satisfaction for reading the articles thoroughly and comprehensively. The reading level of this app is for children in late elementary school through middle school, although even adults would probably learn a thing or two they didn't know about ancient Egypt by playing through this app.

Is it any good?

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BRITANNICA KIDS: ANCIENT EGYPT tries to make learning a fun experience with multimedia and interactive content spread out through the numerous tomes of encyclopedic entries, and although it definitely comes across as a rigid, textbook-style barrage of content at times, the visual presentation and well-crafted interface make it easy to navigate through the content. The subject material is very accessible and presented at a reading level for children in elementary and middle school. Many of the mini-games in and of themselves have little educational value, although there is a quiz mini-game that lets users see how much they have learned by exploring the videos and text articles. This app may not inspire users who have no interest in ancient Egypt, but for students who may have become interested in the subject after learning about it in school or on TV, this is a great way to extend that education.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$4.99
Release date:October 29, 2010
Category:Education
Size:185.00 MB
Publisher:Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Version:2.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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