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Mobo Kids Puzzle World

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Colorful world tour more layover than lesson.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free to try Education
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Colorful, kid-friendly graphics take kids on a tour around the world but don't teach them much about what they see. Sure, kids can get a basic sense of geography as the fox flies to each new destination. But, without seeing the whole world map, it may be hard to contextualize and put things together. And yes, kids will see the flag of each new country and hear a snippet of the national anthem (though not enough to really understand much about the music), but both are presented without any context. Finally, kids play an overly simplified puzzle game that presents images of things "typical" of each country. Though some images are probably spot on for what people think of for these countries (say, Big Ben in Great Britain or pasta in Italy), some are curious choices or are overly stereotypical, like an octopus for Japan. Furthermore, with little more than a label (and even the label isn't immediately available), kids won't actually learn anything about what those images are or what they mean for the culture they belong to. Though it's nice to be able to learn about the cultures from around the world without having to spend money on plane tickets, parents should expect this simple puzzle game to just skim the surface.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, geography, global awareness
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($1.99 in-app purchase to unlock all content)
  • Release date: June 11, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Mobo Kids
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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