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By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Space-science physics game a blast for budding engineers.

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SimpleRockets gives kids an excellent opportunity to explore rocket design and orbital physics. The training section is detailed enough that even kids with little experience can get a good start. It can be great fun for kids to watch their rockets launch into orbit and successfully complete tasks. Launching the rockets is easy, but kids have to use touch controls such as buttons and a rotating circle, or "steering wheel," to steer their rockets. Using these controls can be difficult and takes some practice. But once they get the hang of things, kids will feel empowered as their rockets blast into space and possibly earn a top spot on the leaderboards. Some of the more difficult challenges could benefit from hints or mini-tutorials to help kids who struggle or feel overwhelmed.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Science: engineering, astronomy, gravity, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, problem solving, thinking critically
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Additional rocket skins are available as in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: February 16, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Jundroo, LLC
  • Version: 1.5.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: January 23, 2019

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