Georific

 

Learning(i)

Challenging trivia game teaches geography with NASA pix.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

A tutorial explains how to play, and the menu is intuitive. There's a local multiplayer option. Many of the trivia questions are quite challenging, even in the easy game mode. Questions are similar in the intermediate and difficult game modes, but there's less room for error. Hints are available a few times in each game. Screenshots of good answers can be saved to the camera roll or shared on Facebook, and high scores can be submitted to the Game Center.

Violence

Some questions ask about violent historical events, such as assassinations or deaths.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some questions ask about wine.

Privacy & safety

Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address. Screenshots of good answers can be shared on Facebook, which is also linked from the game’s credits page.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Georific is a challenging trivia game with an option to share correct answers on Facebook. Players can select single or local multiplayer mode, three difficulty levels, and seven question categories, such as music or sports. Players are then presented with a map and a question, such as the birthplace of a sports player. Players must pinpoint their answer on the map, which is then scored by its proximity to the correct answer. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Mature content is limited, but younger kids might be discouraged by not knowing the answers to obscure trivia.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • historical figures
  • history

Arts

  • music

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Georific puts a fun spin on a trivia game. Zooming around the world with clear graphics from the NASA Earth Observatory makes geography exciting, and the multiplayer option provides an element of friendly competition.

Learning Approach

Incredibly challenging geography questions not only empower kids to demonstrate their knowledge but also teach them geography. The interactive nature of the game may help information transfer, especially when questions repeat.

Support

A tutorial explains how to play, and hints are available a few times in each game. There's a local multiplayer option. Screenshots of good answers can be shared on Facebook, and high scores can be posted to the Game Center.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • historical figures
  • history

Arts

  • music

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn a variety of geography-centered facts through trivia clues. While topics range from sports to history, answers always require kids to pinpoint a location on a map of the world. Georific can help kids build trivia knowledge on different topics as well as improve their geography skills. The map shows a topical view, so kids have to know what location to search for as well as recognize shapes of continents, countries, and states. Georific doesn't provide explicit geography instruction or teach trivia topics, but it's a fun way for kids to test their geography knowledge.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Georific, kids answer trivia questions to pinpoint a location in the world. They earn points by how close they get to the actual location. Pressing the hint button narrows down the location. There are three levels of difficulty, and kids can choose a topic to focus on. In multiplayer mode, it's best out of 10 questions, and the player who gets closest to the location wins the point. It's cool when the app zooms to the correct location, as kids can judge for themselves how far off their answer was.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Georific puts a fun spin on typical trivia games. Zooming around the world with clear graphics from the NASA Earth Observatory makes geography exciting, and the multiplayer option provides an element of friendly competition. If kids play just one category, questions tend to repeat, so this game is best for kids with varied interests.

Families can talk about...

  • Play together with your child.

  • Talk about the different locations and relate them to personal experiences, when possible.

  • Point out familiar locations on the map to help orient kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:November 1, 2013
Category:Trivia Games
Size:24.20 MB
Publisher:kSquare
Version:1.9
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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