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Kids can learn interesting information about the planets, moons, stars, asteroids, and comets. They also can tap to read about satellite missions and other space-exploration events. There's even an interactive atlas for Earth and Mars, so kids can view surface features on these planets. A series of animated video clips teach kids about space-related topics including Earth's moon's phases, Earth's cycles, tidal phenomena, and zodiacal constellations. Impressive graphics and animations, plus a wealth of information about the solar system, make this a good science reference tool.
Ease of Play
The basic functions are easy to use: Rotate the model and zoom in and out with the touchscreen. Buttons allow you to "fly" to a celestial body, and an information button opens up a detailed description. However, there are no instructions or a help screen, and the tutorial video is outdated.
Products & Purchases
There are several easily accessible links to make in-app purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model is an interactive, educational tool that teaches kids about the solar system. The stunning 3-D graphics and animated videos are impressive, and kids will enjoy "flying" through space to get an up-close view of the planets, moons, and stars. The 3-D mode is pretty cool, but kids need special cyan/red glasses to view the screen. Parents should note that there are several opportunities to make in-app purchases, and it's easy for kids to access email and social media.
Is It Any Good?
Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model is a fun way for kids to explore outer space. The graphics alone make the investment worthwhile, and the videos do an excellent job of explaining difficult concepts by using animations and text support. The information sections about the planets are a bit text-heavy, but the accompanying fun facts and diagrams help keep things interesting.
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