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Koda Quest - A Fingerprint Network App

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Real-world missions for environment may need more context.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Fun app & great intro to climate change

Koda is really cute and the kids seem to love him. It's a fun app that has a strong educational value. Great intro to climate change issues for younger kids.

Is It Any Good?

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The app has a worthy goal -- get kids to establish environmentally friendly habits, and a creative combination of screen play and real-life activities may actually get kids taking some concrete steps toward that goal. If parents play along, kids get more rewards. Yet the app is segmented, and content coverage is fairly superficial. For example, there's no background or explanation behind the missions or games. Why use a reusable water bottle? How do we recycle, and what other ways can we reduce trash? Missions -- even ones to, for example, draw a picture of Koda's home -- all are introduced in the same way: Complete this mission to "help stop global warming." Interactions with Koda are fun but woefully unrelated to the missions, and the social network feature is separate from the game. For example, kids can't progress through the levels under their personal user accounts. This is simple fun with a good cause, but parents will want to provide a lot of support and background information to connect the dots.

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