Curious - the game of lifelong learning

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Learn stuff, earn smarty points in only a few minutes a day.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how a few minutes of study every day can help them learn quite a bit. Through the eight knowledge areas, kids can learn about a variety of subjects and then take brief quizzes to find out how much they've learned from the video, audio, or article they've chosen.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Lots of clear options and progress tracking.


No violent content observed during this review. New content is added often.


No sexual content observed during this review. New content is added often.


No swearing observed during this review. New content is added often.


Media sources, experts' affiliations, products, and shows mentioned on related content. It's not made completely clear that this is a subscription-only app until users have begun the process.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, drugs, or smoking observed during this review. This app is rated 12+ on the App Store due to "infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use references."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious - the game of lifelong learning is a subscription-based learning app that challenges users to earn daily "CQ points" by watching videos, taking quizzes, listening to audio lessons, reading articles, and more. Choose a five-, 15- or 30-minute time goal, then take a quiz to personalize eight learning areas: STEM, Work, Relationships, Play, Music, Humanities, Mind/Body, and Aesthetic. As you earn CQ points (different points are assigned to lessons based on time and difficulty), your CQ Wheel fills up. A monthly subscription is $9.99 (with a seven-day free trial); an annual subscription is $69.99 (with a 30-day free trial). 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?

To begin, enter your name and age, create a password, and choose how much time (five, 15, or 30 minutes) you'd like to spend daily on CURIOUS - THE GAME OF LIFELONG LEARNING. Take the "CQ Interview" to choose the topics you want to focus on in the app's eight "knowledge areas." Then select something to watch, read, or listen to from the list of recommended content (point value for each is displayed). Curious will alert you when you've earned points and when you've reached your daily point goal.

Is it any good?

There's a lot to learn on this app, with more than 25,000 lessons on topics such as cooking, history, second languages, and guitar lessons. Curious - the game of lifelong learning is a terrific way to learn a little about a lot of things in only a few minutes each day. Although there's some stuff here that will appeal to kids and others just looking to find some fun info, far more material is geared toward highly motivated teens and adults. There's excellent content, such as NPR's radio broadcast Science Friday, while other content is less engaging (some videos are grainy, and other audio is not well produced). Some of the best content on Curious is in the "Curious Conversations," in which's CEO talks with experts in various fields. If your teen loves to learn or might need a spark to get interested, this app's free trial will let you see if it's a good fit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about lifelong learning. Ask your teen: How does learning about topics you're interested in on Curious - the game of lifelong learning differ from learning about school subjects? Are both forms of learning important? Why, or why not?

  • Talk about which form of learning -- video, audio, or reading -- appeals to your teen most. Talk about learning styles. What are some ways your teen can apply their favorite learning style in school?

  • Are there any subjects your teen is interested in that aren't included on Curious? Brainstorm ways with your teen that they can create a Curious-like daily learning experience to learn more about that subject.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling, vocabulary
    Math: algebra
    Science: animals, engineering, astronomy, biology, physics, plants
    Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness, historical figures, history
    Arts: dance, drawing, music, painting, photography, singing
    Hobbies: cooking, fashion, gardening, pets, sports
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, goal-setting, motivation, personal growth, set objectives, work to achieve goals
    Tech Skills: coding, digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
    Health & Fitness: balanced diet, exercise, fitness, meditation
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($9.99/mo. (with 7-day free trial); $69.99/year (with 30-day free trial))
  • Release date: January 6, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 35.00 MB
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  • Version: 4.1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 12, 2019

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