A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Geography Drive USA is an educational game app that helps kids learn about America and U.S. states by playing a game based on a road trip through each state. Kids are prompted with some voice instruction, but they also need to be able to read questions. Questions include map identifications ("Where's Chicago?") and more than 500 multiple choice questions (What's the capital of Arizona?") that kids earn money to buy gas and other items for their car by answering correctly. There's a visitors center where kids can brush up on each state with online brochures. If they don't want to read the brochures, kids can still play by recalling information they've learned in school to answer some questions and maybe do some guessing. Just don't run out of gas, or your trip is over.
What's it about?
Choose one of three players and you're assigned a car that you can paint. Put your name on your garage, then tap Play Game to start. Visit your first state, and answer three trivia questions to earn a state pass. You win cash for correct answers, which adds to your fuel (needed to continue to play). A "Sorry" appears for incorrect answers. Tap on a multiple choice answer or drag a green star to answer other questions on maps. When you master a state you can choose the next border state to move onto, but don't run out of gas!
Is it any good?
Kids who have already learned just enough about the 50 states and geography to know answers to some of the questions will enjoy using their knowledge and learning more on Geography Drive USA. Reading through the information at the Visitor Center may be a bit boring for some kids, but it does help to play the game if a kid needs to know more about a certain state. This app is a great way to learn specific information like states and capitals, postal abbreviations, and the shape of states, while learning more general information about American trivia.
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- Devices: iPad, Nook HD
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, geography, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 24, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 86.00 MB
- Publisher: Spinlight Studio
- Version: 1.12
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
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