CyberChase Shape Quest!

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Hours of shape and puzzle fun with a PBS Kids favorite.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about geometry, spatial reasoning, and problem solving with CyberChase Shape Quest!. It's helpful if (but not essential that) kids know the names of basic shapes before using this app. The narrator skillfully weaves critical-thinking and shapes lessons into the basic instructions kids need to navigate the games. Before kids begin the augmented-reality game "Patch the Path," they try a test round to understand how to interact with the printed board through the iPad camera, as they learn to use and apply technology in this way. CyberChase Shape Quest! helps kids who already know a little about shapes apply that information in fun ways.

Ease of Play

Easy to play, once the board game is printed. Instructions for all three games are interwoven with game and puzzle play. The narrator gives lessons as clues: "A right triangle is a triangle with a corner that looks like a square"; "Find all the blue pentagons...a pentagon has five sides"; or "Think about how the food will bounce off the walls." Before kids begin the augmented-reality game "Patch the Path," the app walks them through a test round to help them get comfortable with the concept of looking at and interacting with the printed board through the iPad camera. Still, it can be clunky and awkward to play focused on the paper gameboard, at least until kids get the hang of it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that CyberChase Shape Quest! helps kids learn about shapes, geometry, spatial reasoning, and problem solving as they play three fun games -- including a printable, augmented-reality board game. Starring the endearing characters from the PBS Kids show Cyberchase, this free app is geared toward kids age 6 to 9 who already know a little about shapes and are ready to apply that information in fun ways.

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Adult Written byContikiCarrie June 23, 2015

As of 6-23-15, only available for iPad

This was listed on the Common Sense website as being compatible with iPhones, but as of 6-23-15 it is available only for iPads.

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What's it about?

Tap one of three icons on the main screen: "Patch the Path," "Hide and Seek," and "Feed the Critters." For "Patch the Path," players visit the PBS website and print the gameboard first and then watch and try the tutorial round on the app before trying the augmented-reality game by moving the iPad around to patch paths and catch critters. In "Hide and Seek," the app asks players to tap shapes with certain characteristics among many shapes in a puzzle. Kids practice spacial reasoning as they aim food at hungry animals in "Feed the Critters." Kids earn stars and points and increase in levels as they solve puzzles and answer questions correctly.

Is it any good?

CYBERCHASE SHAPE QUEST! feels like a real adventure and includes hours of quest-like discovery and educational challenge. With more than 80 puzzles and many levels within games, kids' attention stays focused on trying new skills and solving problems as they seek to earn the next round of stars or points and move up levels. All three games are visually bright and interesting and include adorable Cyberchase-themed characters. Instructions skillfully weave critical-thinking and shapes lessons into the basic information kids need to navigate the games.

On the (very small) downside, sometimes loading games and levels takes a while on this app. The augmented-reality game requires going to a website for printing, and its gameplay can feel awkward at first. Once kids get the hang of it, it's just as fun as the other two games, with the added novelty of the printed board. CyberChase Shape Quest! is a super fun, innovative way for kids to explore shapes, spatial relations, and problem solving within a high-quality (free!) educational app and with characters familiar to fans of the show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about shapes in everyday life. Point out shapes and angles to your kid and encourage them to do the same: Shapes are everywhere!

  • Visit the PBS Kids Shapequest site and print the board for the "Patch the Path" game to have it ready to go when you introduce the app to your kid.

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For kids who love PBS Kids

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