Einee - Talk to Einstein

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Snarky, historical chat has facts but some fantasy, too.

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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 as well as some simple science.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use.

Violence

App alludes to suicide, some passing mention of wars, murders, and death.

Sex

Mention of relationships and marriage that fall outside of today's societal norms (e.g., polygamy) as well as questions about where babies come from (asked, but not answered). 

Language

Some disrespectful language between the player and the character. 

Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is mention of drinking alcohol when chatting with Einstein, but he refuses to discuss it.

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, but the rest of the characters are $0.99 each. You can also earn coins as you play and use those to buy additional characters. 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 (i.e., how many kids would speak to an adult they don't know). 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). The app alludes to the suicides of Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra, although they are not explicitly covered. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

EINEE - TALK TO EINSTEIN is a chat game that allows kids to "chat" with Einstein, Cleopatra, Leonardo 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 as long as kids understand that it's not necessarily all factual information. Einee - Talk to Einstein is clever. It weaves the facts into each chat in engaging ways that kids will really enjoy. It occasionally takes the snark factor too far, although kids may find that adds to the humor. The questions and comments kids are given to use can be rude and disrespectful, and some of the learning is sacrificed as a result. It's obvious while using Einee - Talk to Einstein that this isn't meant for younger kids, but that's not clear before purchasing. While teens and adults will likely be entertained and may even learn a few things, parents may want to screen before handing it over to tweens. For those who dive in, it's a silly way to pass some time, pick up a few facts, and maybe get inspired to dig deeper and learn more.

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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