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Kids can learn about all 50 states, as well as U.S. geography, national parks, historic events and places, and other information about America. Geography Drive USA helps kids build the concept of how each state relates to the nation as a whole, both geographically and culturally. For example, when kids finish the questions for one state they can choose the next state to play from its border states. Kids also learn trivia, such as state nicknames, time zones, exploration trails, and attractions. Geography Drive USA is a good way to learn about the nation and its parts.
Ease of Play
Easy to play, although kids may need some prompting to go to the visitor center to learn more information about each state. There are many audio prompts; however, kids need to know how to read to answer the trivia questions.
Products & Purchases
If players tap on the "News" section on the bottom of the app's main page, it includes information about other apps by the developer as well as a "Join the Club" option to insert your email address for information about this and other apps by the developer and "exclusive club perks."
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.
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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