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MapMaster - Geography game

By Lynne Glasner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Speedy, addicting gameplay builds basic geography knowledge.

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MapMaster - Geography game is pretty straightforward: This is a geography trivia quiz game, pure and simple. Teachers looking for deeper cultural understanding should expect to extend students' knowledge on their own; beyond the Wikipedia article links, there's not much more information to offer context for why these cities, notable sites, or geographic features are notable. That being said, this is a great way to help kids build core geography knowledge. The main difference between the two central games is that one is timed and one is not, which is a nice feature that can help a range of readers and learners find the challenge that best matches their abilities. It's also nice that games get harder as kids progress through them: Pins have to be dropped closer and closer to their correct location to register as a correct response.

The way the categories are organized -- by continent, geographic feature, or landmarks -- can help kids concentrate on one thing at a time, making this a suitable companion to study for a particular unit in a geography or social studies class. Similar to the TV show Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, this is a fun, challenging, and amusing way for kids to boost their geography knowledge.

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