The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet

 
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Learning(i)

Silly tasks promote real-life interaction in fun board game.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Verbal directions are provided for each turn. Kids can use the repeat button to hear directions again, and there's also a hint button.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids don't have to submit any personal information to play, and there is no online interaction with others.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet is a fast-paced board game app that gets kids interacting in real life. Created for two to 12 players, this turn-taking game focuses on math and literacy skills but also includes silly challenges like balancing a crumpled paper ball on your head and dancing for 10 seconds. The device should remain on a table in the middle of the players because it acts as a digital game board, complete with a spinner and place markers. Kids answer some of the game's questions on the device, while other questions require them to do some physical action or ask questions of other players. While this game moves along rapidly, it can take quite a while to complete the entire board. Still, it's well worth the time.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions

Math

  • graphing
  • money
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • geometry

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Players must engage in real-life collaboration to progress in the game -- it's silly fun that they'll love. Design is bold and colorful, and it's a blast to explore the board.

Learning Approach

Kids stretch their minds and bodies as they work with teammates to solve problems, ask questions of each other, and follow physical activity directions.

Support

The game gives verbal instructions during every turn. Kids can repeat the instructions or get a hint for each turn. Brief written instructions are provided for parents, teachers, and other facilitators.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions

Math

  • graphing
  • money
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • geometry

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Kids can practice basic math and literacy skills as they learn collaboration, turn-taking, and how to play an app-based board game on this educational app. Games include questions about shapes, graphing, money, sequencing, probability, asking questions, and following (sometimes very silly) directions. True to the high quality of The Electric Company brand, Lost on Prankster Planet gives kids a solid educational experience wrapped in a zany, fun-filled package.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Listen to the intro, then choose the number of players on your team. Choose an Electric Company character you want to play for, and spin the spinner to see how many spots your game piece moves. The game pieces move on their own on the board, and the game leads players through each turn and related task. For example, one player may need to put numbered jelly beans in order, while another turn may require a kid to poll other players about their favorite color and chart it on a graph.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet is an ingenious way to use an app as a springboard to get kids interacting in real life and, amazingly, it really feels like a party game. With its brightly colored board game, friend polls, and sometimes silly challenges, there's likely to be a lot laughter swirling around the device when kids play this team game. That said, this party requires kids to do some thinking. Game questions and activities touch on graphing, geometry, numbers, addition and subtraction, basic probability, sequencing, telling time, and more. If you're looking for a way to entertain a group of kids in early elementary grades and throw some learning into the mix, too, this is your app.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kids set up gameplay and make sure they keep the device at the center of the table so all players can see the game board.

  • Play with your kids to show them your silly side.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 31, 2013
Category:Education
Size:78.10 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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