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Human Heroes Curie on Matter

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Historical science game with solid info doesn't radiate fun.

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Though this historical figure-related experience might inspire kids to learn more, the mini-games miss the mark. When you set your sights on reflecting the life and work of Marie Curie, it's best to aim incredibly high and hope for the best. Human Heroes Curie on Matter doesn't seem to have set its sights high enough, unfortunately. The animated story of Marie Curie's life is very long and it's not possible to pick a chapter to focus on. There's a slider that allows you to move forward and back through the story, but it means guessing where you'll end up. The mini-games in the story are completely uninspired. The first one, for example, involves tapping around the screen so the characters can get to their chores and then rubbing the screen to "sweep away" dirt or "clean" the bed. The science-related games aren't much better. There's a lot of tapping and swiping without any knowledge of science (or skill) required. Most of them just aren't that much fun, but they aren't educational either. Marie Curie does explain a bit about what's going on, but since the actual gameplay feels completely divorced from the science, kids can ignore the explanations entirely and still play the games. The educational highlight of Human Heroes Curie on Matter is the question-and-answer section. There are plenty of questions about science and Marie Curie's life that kids might actually want to know. The answers are accessible for kids and may even provide some inspiration. Human Heroes Curie on Matter doesn't hit the innovative highs of Curie herself, but might get kid interested in learning more about her and her work.

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