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GEO Play - rediscover the beauty of geography!

Multiplayer game will engage geography buffs.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn the names and locations of capital cities of the world's nations, the national flags, and a few interesting facts about those cities and countries on GEO Play Pro. This game is geared toward kids who are old enough to have at least some world geography knowledge and who know how to safely play against opponents via online gaming. For kids with that knowledge, they'll learn global awareness, as well as practice memorization and part-whole relationships. GEO Play Pro can help kids  become more familiar with countries and their capital cities, but could use a bit more spark.

Ease of play

Kids will need to be familiar with how to play against other people in Game Center, unless they want to play in practice mode only. Also, it takes some practice to accurately place the yellow pin icon to place the capitals' locations. Especially for tiny island countries and smaller countries, kids will need to enlarge the map for accuracy (the app is optimized for the iPhone 5).

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The free version of the app includes ads; users can make in-app purchases to remove ads. Kids are encouraged to share pre-written promotional information about this game via text or email, and also Like it on Facebook.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GEO Play is a geography game in which players locate world capital cities for points. Kids don't need to know the names of the capitals to play, and in fact this game is a good way to introduce them to those names. What is helpful is a bit of knowledge about the locations of countries, split into five regions. Kids can either play solo in Practice Mode, or against other players (friends or an "auto-match") via Apple's Game Center.

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What's it about?

First choose Practice (solo) or Play Online (turn-based game with friends or a randomly chosen opponent via Game Center). Then select Map (find world capitals on the map), Flags (find matching flags for world countries), or Capitals (find matching capitals for world countries). For each mode, you can choose "World" or one of five regions: America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. For online play, you can also choose to mix three rounds of different types.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

GEO PLAY PRO - REDISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF GEOGRAPHY! is a simple way to introduce kids to the names and locations of capital cities of the world's nations, the national flags, and a few interesting facts. This game is geared toward kids who are old enough to have at least some world geography knowledge and who know how to play against opponents via online gaming. Still, younger kids who aren't familiar with Game Center and who don't know much about geography can play, too, if they play in practice ode and know general locations of some countries.

It would be nice if this game had a multiplayer account feature to keep track of a number of players' progress without the use of an online social gaming network. For parents who don't want their kids to play against randomly matched players via Game Center, kids can play in practice mode for points without playing against an opponent.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss your family's online gaming guidelines with your kid, if he or she plans to play against opponents via GameCenter.

  • If your kid is interested in a certain country or region, encourage him to seek out more about its music, cuisine, culture, political system, and more.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Social Studies: geography, global awareness
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
Price:Free-$.99
Pricing structure:Paid, Free
Release date:January 31, 2013
Category:Educational Games
Size:59.40 MB
Publisher:Christoph Knittel
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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