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Time Immersive

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Hit-or-miss AR experiences on an equally shaky platform.

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There's something pretty amazing about hitching a virtual ride in the lunar capsule, but the uneven content and glitches make this app an uneven experience. Time Immersive definitely gets one thing right: It confirms that history, science, and other educational topics are far more interesting and engaging when you can immerse yourself in them. This concept is highlighted in the "Landing on the Moon" AR experience, although it would be even more incredible in VR. The Amazon experience is less engaging. The content is primarily static, making it a poor use for AR to begin with. And Jane Goodall's narration, while educational, isn't exactly going to capture kids' imaginations and interest. It was also disappointing to have the app refer to a VR headset, but then not offer any experiences in that area. Beyond the content, there are some technical challenges in the platform itself. The app refused to acknowledge a number of flat surfaces, even in well-lit settings. When it finally launched, it left the images at an awkward angle for viewing. Some kids will likely have trouble figuring out how to fully enjoy the app, as it isn't always intuitive. Time Immersive is a good start, but it needs some work to be the best experience it could be.

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