A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Inventioneers Full Version is a physics engineering game that requires kids to design, test, and revise until they succeed. Kids must use given tools and helpers to create an invention that will meet each challenge and help a special character. Kids press play to see their inventions in action. If it fails, they can try again. A "Create" mode allows kids to create and share their own inventions. Eleven in-app languages include English, Swedish, German, French, Italian, and more, though very little language is used. A free version of the app called Inventioneers includes only the first chapter, with optional in-app purchases to access other chapters.
What's it about?
INVENTIONEERS FULL VERSION offers kids the opportunity either to create their own inventions or build inventions to accomplish a given task. In Create mode, kids can add a username, create their own inventions, and share them with friends. In the other mode, kids are provided with a set of tools and helpers called "Inventioneers" that have special powers, such as the ability to blow, burn, or freeze objects. Kids must arrange the tools and helpers to create an invention that will accomplish a specific task. For example, in one task, kids are given a piece of cheese shaped like a ramp and an Inventioneer that can blow objects. Kids have to arrange them in such a way that will help a cat get blown gently out of a tree to fall safely in a basket below. When kids are ready to test their inventions, they push a play button. If they are unsuccessful, kids can redesign their inventions over and over, reinforcing the importance of trial and error. There are eight themed chapters of play, with several levels to complete within each chapter.
Is it any good?
Inventioneers Full Version encourages kids to use important engineering practices while building strategic-thinking and problem-solving skills. Getting the inventions to work successfully is fun and addictive, and the challenges increase in difficulty as kids progress through the game. There is a lot of variety in the tools and special powers that are offered for each task, which keeps kids engaged. However, some of the tasks are incredibly difficult, even in the early stages of the game. Some additional hints could help avoid frustration among kids who struggle.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about everyday inventions that help accomplish tasks. Talk about what life would be like without these inventions.
Work with kids to build a 3-D model of one of their inventions, or have kids sketch the model and add to it.
Talk to kids about simple machines and their functions. Identify them when you see them in everyday life.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: engineering, motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, hypothesis-testing, problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: persevering
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (Price varies for Android version.)
- Release date: May 28, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 70.20 MB
- Publisher: Filimundus AB
- Version: 3.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
For kids who love engineering and science
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