Parents' Guide to

Sim Cell - Touch Press Games

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Immersive mission-based game requires payment to finish.

App iPad Free to try, Paid Education
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Most kids will enjoy traveling through a cell as a nanobot, and being tasked with missions is exciting and motivating, but the controls and purchases put a damper on the fun. The graphics and supporting text do an excellent job of describing organelles and their functions, although kids have to stop what they're doing to read about each organelle. Requiring kids to answer a few questions or somehow apply the information before moving on with their missions could improve the learning value of the game. There's also an obvious lack of instructions and hints, other than what the narrator says during each mission. It's not always clear what needs to be done and why some things happen. For example, there are small blue objects floating in the cell. When the nanobot comes into contact with these objects, there's a sound but no explanation. It would be helpful to have a set of written instructions that kids can refer to throughout the game. And, having to pay a pretty hefty price after only getting to complete a handful of missions in the human cell is bound to be frustrating.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science: biology
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving, Self-Direction: achieving goals
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Free to try. Additional missions for $7.99)
  • Release date: April 27, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Science and Nature
  • Publisher: Touch Press
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 10, 2017

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