A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn the locations of countries, as well as information about each country's capital, currency, history, cities, and more. They also can gain global awareness about which countries share each world region and which regions include the most recognizable countries, and some kids may even learn about many tiny countries to which they've not yet been introduced. Learn the World - Map, Earth, Continents, Atlas Learning offers difficult geography quizzes in a nice-looking package.
Ease of Play
The four modes of play (Map Learn, Map Quiz, Fly Quiz, and Text Quiz) can all be accessed from the main screen. Kids also can tap the flag icon from the main screen to see which countries' flags they've earned via quizzes. There are very brief written instructions, although no verbal instructions, only sound cues for correct or incorrect answers.
Products & Purchases
A "more apps" tab on the main screen moves kids to a list of Merge Mobile's other apps with a download button for each that then moves kids out of the app and into the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Learn the World - Map, Earth, Continents, Atlas Learning is a global geography quiz app that helps kids learn and practice identifying countries by region, as well as learn each country's capital city, currency, and more. There's a learning mode in which kids view the location of the country and some facts, and they can dig further into its cultural details via an in-app Wikipedia page. The rest of the options on this app are game-like quizzes, such as the Fly Quiz, which asks kids to fly an airplane's route through three distinct countries (for example, Canada, Dominica, and Honduras). Kids can earn country flags as they answer a certain number of questions on quizzes correctly. The vast number of countries, including obscure island nations, and large amounts of information here make Learn the World best for advanced, motivated, geography-minded middle- or high-school students.
Is It Any Good?
Well, it's quite literally all over the place, not only on the map but also in the information presented and quizzes given. The Wikipedia-based information on each country in the "Learn" section is extremely text-heavy. Designed with a "retro, throwback feel," this app is nice enough to look at but quite difficult and can be frustrating for all but the most geographically minded students. It requires multiple correct answers to earn flags, and, if more than one kid plays on the same app, there's no way to save flags earned specifically for each user.
Also, because many kids are reluctant to return to (or even visit at all) information portions of apps when interactive quizzes and games are available, it would be nice if the developer would include more verbal cues and brief factual information within the quizzes. As it stands, the games aren't as complete or explanatory as they could be for maximum learning. For example, in the Fly Quiz, the app doesn't show players the locations of the countries they may have missed. Also, it would be better if the names of the countries were reinforced verbally in the quizzes (how does one pronounce Vanuatu, Mauritius, or Nauru?). There's no verbal hints or information, unless you go back into the Learn mode. Unfortunately, Learn the World - Map, Earth, Continents, Atlas Learning doesn't quite live up to the quality of other Merge Mobile educational apps.
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