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May the Forces Be With You

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Physics mini-games fall short of educational connections.

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Games are a great way to teach physics concepts, but only if you're able to tie the activities to the educational content. May the Forces Be With You is a bright and colorful experience, but it's disjointed, confusing, and sometimes frustrating. The educational content is all located in one area of the app marked with a question mark. Some of the information is interesting, but many of the areas stop short of really getting kids to understand. Once kids enter the mini-games, there are no instructions or connection to what they are supposed to be learning. While there's "help" available for the games, it doesn't explain anything about what is going on or how to proceed. Controls can be glitchy and hard to use, and on multiple occasions the controls stuck with and couldn't move anything. There's no explanation of how the games might differ between the earth, moon, and outerspace levels. May the Forces Be With You unfortunately feels like an incomplete experience that could be cool with fewer glitches and a seamless blend of games and learning.

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