Stack the States

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Surprisingly fun geography education game.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify states and state locations with Stack the States. They can also learn the state capitals, mottos, flags, abbreviations, and nicknames through a series of mini-games. Stack the States offers kids an engaging way to learn geography details in a fun experience they can't get with traditional flash cards.

Ease of Play

The main game in the app has simple gameplay, but will be most enjoyable for those who have at least some familiarity with states and their capitals. Some of the bonus games are more challenging, with tricky controls and less-than-helpful directions

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What parents need to know

Stack the States is a U.S. geography game that helps reinforce learning around state information. Kids can study the information first, using included state "flash cards," or they can dive in and learn by trial and error. Stack the States begins with just one activity unlocked, but four mini-games become available as kids progress. Most of the mini-games are timed and can feel frenzied; Puzzler and Capital Drop are both quite tricky, even on lower levels. More than one family member can enjoy playing by utilizing the six different profiles and varied avatar choices.


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byratp January 2, 2016

good game

a fun way to learn the states!
Parent of a 3 and 5-year-old Written byAimeeJ December 24, 2013

Geography fun for the whole family!

Our whole family enjoys this app. Even my 3- and 5-year olds started watching over our shoulder and learned how to play the games on their own. They cannot read... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 11, 2021

Great Educational Value!

This app has you learn SO MUCH about geography in the U.S. Almost all of my school plays the game (that are old enough to play it)! I think that any kid that ca... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNadia 479 September 4, 2019

Fun and Educational

The game is a lot of fun to play, I purchased it 4 years ago and came back to it just last month. Stacking the states up is a fun way to make the game more ente... Continue reading

What's it about?

Stack the States asks trivia questions about a state, or asks kids to identify the shape of the state. When kids answer correctly they'll earn that state to add to their platform. The goal is to stack as many states on the platform as necessary to reach a goal line without the stack tipping over. When kids reach the goal, their reward is a state to add to their collection. As the collection grows, kids earn bonus games.

Is it any good?

STACK THE STATES is engaging, while still retaining plenty of educational value. The main game isn't timed, so it's a great way for kids to learn more about the 50 states, even if they're new to this aspect of geography. Earning all of the states and unlocking the bonus games helps keep things interesting.

Unfortunately, with no way to control what types of questions are being asked, this may not be ideal for a child learning a specific aspect of state trivia (such as the capitals), as it will quiz on all of the areas at once. Still, for slightly older children and adults, Stack the States will help rebuild and retain all of those childhood geography lessons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids search for interesting facts or landmarks in each state to keep learning fun.

  • Plan imaginary visits to state capitals. Map out the trip and sights to see.

  • Encourage kids to dig deeper into the history of their own state, or states where relatives live.

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