Revolutionary War

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Treasure trove of data for War of Independence buffs.

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Ease of Play

The app can be a bit text heavy, but it's laid out well, and major battles, figures, and moments are found fairly easily.

Violence & Scariness

The app features illustrations of particular battles, but nothing more disturbing than what children see in their history books.

Sexy Stuff

A link in the "about" page takes users to a page featuring other apps by the developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some generals are said to be focused on drinking in videos.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Revolutionary War is an educational app that recounts the founding of America. The app offers reams of information -- so much that it might be overwhelming for some. It includes the complete text of the Journals of the Constitutional Congress, along with dozens of biographies of the most war's most influential and memorable players. Despite the fact that it's focused on a war, the violence is rather sterile (videos recounting battles do so via a map, rather than with re-enactment actors).

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Is it any good?

Most people don't look too much further than the BBQ or pool on July 4, but the REVOLUTIONARY WAR app puts the story of the War of Independence in perspective, offering a mix of informational essays with videos, biographies, and original documents in the form of the Journals of the Constitutional Congress. It's good for kids and a nice refresher for adults who have forgotten their grade-school history. The app is laid out fairly well, but parts of it seem rushed. Freezes and crashes happen occasionally and some of the graphics are more simplistic than they should be. At the time of this review the $4.99 price is about a dollar more expensive than we'd prefer, but as an educational tool, it's first rate.

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For kids who love to learn about history

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