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Surviving High School
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this interactive game lets kids take on different roles as students at the fictional Centerscore High School. Friendship, romance, and scholastic success all depend on the answers given to multiple-choice questions at critical junctures in the story. Will kids be nerds, jocks, or something in between? There are bullies and gossips just like in real life, and sex is hinted at, but even the bad kids are good at heart and the language is clean. At least, so far. New episodes are downloadable weekly.
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What's it about?
Your tween is the main character in their choice of story lines. Players tap the screen to advance the story, and choose among actions and reactions when prompted. Relationships are rated by smiley faces and skulls: If you give the evil quarterback a ride home in the rain, one of his hateful skulls disappears. If you act as "wingman" for a buddy, a smiley face appears. Success on simple puzzles and games adds to your chances of success. When the dance or tryout or project is over, so is the game.
Is it any good?
Real high school students might find this episodic game less than engrossing, but tweens will have fun guiding alter selves through the upper grades. The situations are true to high school but not too dark while they teach kids the consequences of their decisions. Studying begets higher grades; acting like a jerk loses friends. The game alternates between male and female characters so kids get the other sex's perspective. The writing is witty and the background graphics of classrooms and football fields are gorgeous.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, reading comprehension
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, self-reflection, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making
Emotional Development: empathy, handling stress, persevering
Communication: friendship building, listening, speaking
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions, respect for others
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 16, 2009
- Category: Simulation Games
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later; Android 2.1 and up
For kids who love simulation games
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