Dinorama

Common Sense Media says

Addictive dino zoo simulation helps kids learn about money.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids occasionally get brief written instructions, but there's no option for audio instructions, and there is no way to pull up help if you need it.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy states that no personal information is collected, and the only information collected is about screens viewed and actions within the app to inform development.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that time may get away from kids as they run their own dinosaur theme park in this addictive app. Though the dinosaurs and animation look like it would appeal to preschoolers, Dinorama is a challenging simulation app where kids are managing multiple tasks at once. The app purchase price includes everything, so parents don't need to worry about the in-app purchases available in many other simulation apps.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • working efficiently

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

It's so fun that kids (or adults) might not realize they've been playing for hours.

Learning Approach

Kids learn many important life skills about decisions and economics, but everything moves at such a busy pace that teachers may need to plan some reflection or debriefing time to process what's being learned.

Support

Most of the interactions are intuitive, and brief instructions introduce new gameplay aspects. Otherwise, there's little direction or help offered.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • working efficiently

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Kids can learn to manage time and resources -- especially money -- as they run their own dinosaur theme park. They'll learn that investing money pays interest and that spending money on capital and people -- like buying new dinosaurs, fixing up their habitats, or hiring a tour guide -- can make them money. They'll also learn that spending money on low-quality improvements or some trivial things won't bring rewards and can sometimes cost more in the long run. With the tour guide, kids can learn some facts about dinosaurs, too. Dinorama is a great simulation game with built-in lessons on entrepreneurship and money management.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

In this simulation game, kids develop their entrepreneurial spirit as they run a dinosaur theme park. They take care of the dinosaurs by feeding and cleaning up after them and maintaining their cages. They make decisions about attractions -- like a photo booth or a cafe -- to buy for their park, what to feed the dinosaurs, and how to invest their money. If the animals aren't well-fed, they run away. If the paying visitor's needs aren't met, they leave. If the park doesn't offer the attractions people want, they don't visit. Kids manage the ups and downs of their business -- like stormy, slow days and sunny, busy days while keeping the animals and their customers happy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dinorama lists the age range for the app as 7-107, and that is absolutely accurate. Younger kids may have a hard time managing everything going on at once, but the fun and challenge will appeal to kids and adults alike. Parents will appreciate that there are no in-app purchases or ads to tempt kids. Collecting dinosaur stickers unlocks more options, and as kids manage the park and progress in the game, they'll be able to buy different features, attractions, and dinosaurs for the park. Parents may want to remind kids that their game will save automatically when they stop, and they can pick up in the same place later.

Families can talk about...

  • Since so many things are going on at once, and kids may not think in depth about their actions, take some time to watch them play and talk about the choices they made in the game.

  • Talk to kids about how they market to theme park visitors -- and where they see examples of marketing in real life.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 14, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Dinosaurs
Size:43.20 MB
Publisher:thesixtyone
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old April 29, 2013
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awsome game

this is an awsome game everyone should play it it halps people and kids leard and even i play it and im 11
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