GeoBee Challenge HD by National Geographic

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Advanced quiz questions target true geography buffs.

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Educational value

Kids can learn to assess their knowledge of world geography and well-known landmarks. Working as quickly as possible, kids must read questions (or see pictures of landmarks) and tap corresponding locations on a world map. Unfortunately, this often requires very specific accuracy on the maps. On the flip side, since the app uses questions from actual past National Geographic (Society) Bee competitions, kids might get inspired to compete in the real life competition. GeoBee Challenge provides geo-trivia fun for potential bee candidates, but its difficulty can be daunting for kids simply trying to learn geography facts.

Ease of play

Questions are sophisticated and not geared towards younger kids. Some answers involve tapping the correct location on the world map. Players can zoom in for better accuracy by pinching the screen, which can be frustrating since questions are timed. Some glitches.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GeoBee Challenge is a great tool for geography buffs to hone their knowledge of places and landmarks from around the world. The app pulls no punches with its questions, which involve either tapping the correct multiple choice response or finding a location on the world map. A bonus round shows photographs of landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Victoria Falls, and Mt. Rushmore and asks players to locate them.

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Is it any good?

GEOBEE CHALLENGE is a refreshingly world-centric (as opposed to U.S.-centric) quiz game with a broad range of questions that are rooted in geography with some politics and history. There are some seriously challenging questions here (sample: "Nigeria has extensive oil reserves in the Gulf of Guinea and in the delta of what major river?") meaning this is not an app for the young'uns. Not only that, but to achieve the maximum accuracy score you must click on the exact location of the area or landmark -- general vicinity won't cut it. That's fair enough, but the app sometimes comes across as a little too picky, like when it penalized us for clicking on the "wrong" part of Baffin Island, a large land mass in the Canadian arctic. Further confusing things, some of the locations are marked with red dots while others aren't, questions are sometimes cut off, and duplicate questions occur a little too frequently, sometimes in back-to-back quizzes. There's plenty to learn here, but be prepared for a barebones and somewhat glitchy presentation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Visit the National Geographic Society Bee web page.

  • Play geography based car games, such as trying to find all 50 states license plates.

  • Volunteer to help your child's teacher with a bee team.

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