Einee - Talk to Einstein

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Snarky, historical chat has facts but sometimes wrong focus.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Older kids who can filter out filler can learn a bit about historical figures and the cultures in which they lived.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use.

Violence

Mention of suicide without details, but including historical justifications. 

Sex

Mention of relationships and marriage that fall outside of today's societal norms. (i.e. polygamy and marrying siblings). 

Language

Lots of disrespectful language between the player and the character. Some negative comments about women.

Consumerism

The free version offers the chance to buy characters without a parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Einee - Talk to Einstein is a tongue-in-cheek opportunity to "chat" with at least six different historical and/or political figures: Einstein, Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon, and Donald Trump. Einstein is included in the free version, while Cleopatra can be unlocked by leaving feedback. The rest of the characters are $0.99 each, or you can purchase the fully unlocked app for $2.99. This is a blend of facts and imagined conversation, which may be difficult for kids to understand. The conversation is often quite sarcastic and/or inappropriate for real-world situations. Once again, older kids may have a handle on this type of communication, but younger kids may not. Some of the grammar and punctuation is off and American kids may be confused by the use of British English phrases and spellings. In terms of content, it's a mixed bag: Questions for Einstein include how babies are made (he doesn't answer). Also, there's a big focus on beauty tips, diet, weight, etc., especially with female characters. One of the user questions makes reference to the Mona Lisa being "kind of chubby and not very pretty." The Donald Trump character seems to have the least historical content, instead portraying a disdain for politics and politicians and a strong point of view (a whole conversation thread) that a woman will never be president. He states, "That job belongs to a man! I love women though!" The factual content may not be appropriate for all ages, either. One line of questioning for Cleopatra asks if she killed herself and if her kids missed her. She also reveals that she had three husbands, two of whom were her brothers. 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?

EINEE - TALK TO EINSTEIN is a chat game that allows kids to "chat with" Einstein, Cleopatra, Leondardo da Vinci, Napoleon, Marilyn Monroe, and Donald Trump. Kids are given three questions or phrases to choose from on each screen, and then the character responds. Kids can focus on more serious questions about history, science, politics, and more, or they can approach the chat with sarcasm and take a different route. Topics cover everything from their family life to the society in which they lived to political thoughts and ambitions. There are also threads on beauty tips, clothing, hair, makeup, and diet. Some of the threads are about the characters' feelings on various topics. 

Is it any good?

This is a fun idea with some definite entertainment value, but in the end, it falls a bit flat. Einee - Talk to Einstein is clever. It weaves factual information into the chats in engaging ways that kids will really enjoy. Unfortunately, the facts are very limited, and it occasionally takes the snark factor too far. The questions and comments kids are given to use are often rude and disrespectful, and some of the learning is sacrificed as a result. The focus on being thin and beautiful is shallow and sends a poor message to girls who might otherwise enjoy learning more about two female icons. It's obvious while using Einee - Talk to Einstein that this isn't meant for younger kids, but that's not clear before purchasing. Donald Trump's character seems more like a commentary on his personality (and not a flattering one) than even a vague attempt to capture some of his childhood or personal life. Is it worth checking out? Sure, especially for teens and adults. But parents will want to screen before giving to kids and should be aware that the educational value may be negated by the attempts at humor and some off-color remarks. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about historical context in the Einee - Talk to Einstein app. What are some things that were normal in historical times that are different now? 

  • Talk about the real stories behind some of these people. Why do we know their names? What are their great accomplishments? How were things different when they were alive? Would you like to meet them if you could? Why or why not?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Science: physics
    Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
  • Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
  • Price: Free fto try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (free for Einstein; additional characters are $0.99 or $2.99 for the full collection)
  • Release date: May 28, 2018
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 17.70 MB
  • Publisher: Ilya Karnaukhov
  • Version: 1.1.27
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

For kids who love history and social studies

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