Go Go Games

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun, simple games teach key perceptual skill.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basic skill of observing differences and details in objects with Go Go Games. While playing the three games, kids can practice following directions, analyzing visual evidence, and thinking critically. For example, when matching different parts of an alien's body in the game Out of This World, kids have to notice the color, pattern, and size of the object, or it won't fit. Go Go Games helps kids learn an essential perceptual skill with just enough challenge and encouragement to keep them engaged.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. The app walks kids through each level. Visual prompts, such as a finger pointing, show kids where they should tap to begin. There are also shapes and color cues.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Go Go Games can help kids learn to notice differences in objects that are similar. This skill can help kids focus on details, which is important for learning many skills, and which may be especially challenging for kids diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Go Go Games offers three games, each of which shows kids a set of objects and asks them to match an object with another that looks the same. The developer explains that the games were designed based on a therapy that helps kids master the ability to notice multiple features in the objects around them.

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What's it about?

On the main screen, kids can choose between three games: Build-a-Train, Wheels & Roads, or Out of This World. Each game has unique characteristics, but the basic learning premise is similar in all three. For example, in Wheels & Roads, kids must guide a car along one of three roads. Each road has a sign depicting a car, and kids must identify the correct road by matching their car to the sign. Kids must match six objects correctly before moving to the next level. The app provides a lot of encouragement.

Is it any good?

GO GO GAMES helps kids learn one main skill -- to quickly notice the features that make certain objects different or the same. This skill can help kids learn in many ways, from learning to read to social interaction. Some of the details kids must notice while playing these games are quite specific; this may be a simple concept, but these games aren't necessarily easy for kids who struggle with this concept. If your kid needs help with this basic perception skill, Go Go Games can be a very useful learning tool, and one that is disguised in fun, colorful games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read the start cue words and ending encouragement words to your kids if they cannot read yet.

  • Help your kids practice this skill in everyday life. Encourage them to identify subtle differences in relatively similar objects, for example, two potatoes of differing size or shape.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, thinking critically
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: October 4, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 20.10 MB
  • Publisher: Go Go Games Studios
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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