GEO Play - rediscover the beauty of geography!
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
An eye-catching world map (superimposed with national borders) and simple interface create an accessible learning experience. Gameplay is moderately fun but nothing out of this world.
Learning is baked into gameplay, which encourages students to recall the location of countries and their capital cities they've memorized or deduct where they may be and make an educated guess. Lots of memorization, not much depth.
Solid data is provided during the game and on the statistics page, including high score, total score, games won, and games played.
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?
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.