A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn geography, demography, and map skills on Geo-Me!, while learning about specific countries and cultures. Words like "anthrome," "climate," and "elevation" help kids develop their geography vocabulary. As kids watch the animated movies about kids who live in different places, they can grow in cultural understanding. As they tap on individual Geo-Mes, they can read specific geography and demographic statistics about each country. Viewing the unique maps helps kids gain global awareness about regional climates, population centers, and more. Geo-Me! presents kids with a different way to explore the world.
Ease of Play
It's easy to access stories and geographic information via the Geo-Mes. However, there are some portions of the app that could be better explained (such as the whys behind creating Geo-Me families), and some of the Geo-Me keys may not make sense to kids (for example, flip-flops in a freezing cold coastal area, because it corresponds to the elevation).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geo-Me! is an interactive geography app that helps kids learn about the world via adorable stories, songs, and eye-catching visual keys. Kids can listen to and watch the brief animated videos about cute kid characters in distinct cultures. Or, kids can tap little Geo-Me beings on the map who act as map keys by wearing coded items like special shoes and hats to signify characteristics of locations, such as climate, population, and elevation. For map details, adults either needs to read the information or explain the Geo-Me keys to kids. Still, there's lots here to learn through just the visuals.
Is It Any Good?
GEO-ME's musical, animated videos -- which are reminiscent of the old Schoolhouse Rock animations -- introduce kids to the different types of areas in the world by population, climate, elevation, and more. The minute-long stories are ideal for younger kids, while even older kids may enjoy learning about these unique places via the offbeat characters and original animations. There are some portions of this app that could be better explained (such as the whys behind creating Geo-Me families), and the song builder feature could use some additions. As a result, a full tutorial, more explanations, and more character stories could be useful additions. With more location character stories promised for the future, Geo-Me! can only get better, and it's already good.
The places highlighted here are not the typical locations presented in geography lessons for kids. At the time of this review, there are lots of little Geo-Mes with the geographic and demographic info, but only six Geo-Me animated character stories: Norman in California; Isabel in the Dominican Republic; Philippe & Simon in France; Wen-Long in Hong Kong; Yasemin in Turkey; and Eliza in Australia (the developer promises more in the future). Kids can also create their own Geo-Me that represents the same information about their home city as the other Geo-Mes in other areas of the map. Geo-Me! is an offbeat, creative way to help kids learn geography and feel like citizens of the world.
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