Epic Heroes of Knowledge

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Battles may overtake academics in solid skills practice.

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

Educational Value

Kids can practice academic skills in eight subjects -- math, science, geography, languages, programming, creativity, health, and sustainability -- by playing games. Through mini-games that use memorization, problem-solving, puzzles, and more, kids can practice skills based on their age. An independent study found that the game did improve math skills.

Ease of Play

Easy to play, once players understand the different sections of the app. Players bounce between the academic games, arcade-style games, cards, battle pages, and more. 

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-style violence during the battles. Avatars are knocked down to the ground.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Subscription-based app; free trial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Epic Heroes of Knowledge is an educational mini-game app. This app was created by the developer of the similar apps Knowledge Battle and SmartKids but it includes a unique game called Yogodex. Kids play challenges with cards from their Yogodex "battle deck" that they earn by playing the educational games. While there are "battles," they only feature very mild cartoon violence. Kids can practice skills in eight subject areas -- math, science, geography, language, coding, creativity, health, and sustainability -- and parents can set the subject areas to practice as well as check their kid's progress on the Parent Dashboard. Players will need to be able to read instructions for many games or have parents read the instructions to them. 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 play EPIC HEROES OF KNOWLEDGE, create a parent and kid account. Sign up for the free trial or pay for the monthly ($5.99) or annual ($59.99) subscription. Choose the subjects you want your kid to practice and your child's age. Play the mini-games to progress along the path, collect points, and "capture" creatures, and stop to play Yogodex challenges along the way to another practice game. To battle in the challenges, players press the word "tap" repeatedly on the screen to shoot power at their opponent, and tap lightning bolts and hearts to regain life energy. Tap the right or left arrow to choose a different subject "planet" (different skill area). 

Is it any good?

This app is fun for basic academic skills practice -- if kids don't become too distracted by the battles. If your kid plays on other Yogome apps (Knowledge Battle and SmartKids - Learning Superheroes), the academic skills games on Epic Heroes of Knowledge will look familiar. But the way progress is made, the map, and the battles are different. It's very easy to earn points quickly on this app, so for younger players the points and the option to tap-tap-tap during battle play may win out over the academic skills practice. Players can spend just a few minutes in academic skills practice games before it's right back to their Yogodex cards and battles, so parents may want to make sure kids aren't getting distracted.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using tech for learning. Watch as your kid plays educational games and just-for-fun battles on Epic Heroes of Knowledge. Read Common Sense Media's "How Can I Help My Kids Learn with Digital Tools?"

  • If kids are distracted by the battles, encourage them to spend more time on academic games and opt out of battle play until they reach certain point totals.

  • As you review your kid's progress on the Parent Dashboard, notice which subjects they spend more time practicing and which ones they tend to avoid.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
    Math: addition, counting, grouping, multiplication, numbers, patterns, sequences, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Free trial and then $5.99/month or $59.99/year)
  • Subscription price: $5.99-$59.99
  • Release date: September 18, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 260.00 MB
  • Publisher: Yogome
  • Version: 2.59
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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