A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about cardiovascular health and tests that are typically done to diagnose heart problems. As they explore simulations, interact with virtual medical professionals, play arcade games, and earn achievements, kids learn about many issues related to heart health including body temperature, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. The game teaches kids about factors that may contribute to heart problems such as family history, lack of exercise, and a diet high in fat and cholesterol. Monster Heart Medic offers a fun, multifaceted way for kids to learn about the cardiovascular system and changes that will ultimately lead to a healthier heart and better overall fitness.
Ease of Play
Prompts from different characters guide kids through most tasks and achievements, but sometimes next steps are unclear and avoiding obstacles isn't easy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Heart Medic is a story-themed adventure game that teaches kids about cardiovascular health. A monster named Ragnar has a problem with his heart function and needs help. Through a series of activities and simulations, kids learn about diagnostic testing and recommendations for leading a healthier lifestyle. The game is available in both English and Spanish.
Is It Any Good?
MONSTER HEART MEDIC is a fantastic free resource that teaches about the cardiovascular system and promotes heart-healthy living. Kids will be engaged by the real-world story line, and the arcade games are a fun variation within the overall story. Sometimes the next step isn't entirely clear, though there are on-screen prompts, but kids will eventually tap around enough to get to the next step. Also, though the controls for the arcade games only consist of tapping once or twice, it can be hard to avoid obstacles. Audio narration would be nice to see to make the app more accessible. Other than these few, minor drawbacks, Monster Heart Medic is an engaging way to introduce kids to cardiovascular health.
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