World Rescue

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Serious global issues covered in nine mini-games.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about major problems facing regions of the world today and what's being done to help. By reading the discussions between the professor and the kid characters on the app, kids can gain global awareness and empathy for the people facing these challenges around the globe.

Ease of Play

Games appear simple, but the time limits may frustrate some younger players. Multitasking can be difficult in some games.

Violence

Discussion of war, refugee camps, weather events. It may be scary for some kids when the refugee characters are grabbed by things flying overhead if the kid doesn't succeed in helping them cross the border.

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Consumerism

Other games by this developer are promoted in the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World Rescue is a game that helps kids learn about global problems, such as mass migration, infectious disease, and deforestation. This UNESCO MGIEP Challenge-winning app includes nine mini-games in five countries. By playing the games and listening to a professor talk to the app's kid characters, players get a glimpse into how the United Nations assists people in serious situations such as cholera outbreaks, refugee camps, and more. Parents may want to play World Rescue with their kid to explain these heavy, sometimes scary situations in more detail. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play WORLD RESCUE, first read the intro story as told by the professor character, and then travel to Kenya. Tap the map and zoom in on a soccer player named Salim along the Kenya-Somalia border. The first mini-game is a tap and swipe in which players help Salim jump over a pit, then assist refugees across a "no-man's land" between Kenya and Somalia by maneuvering through maze-like paths. Read conversations between the professor and the five kids in the games as they talk about the issues in each country. Once you complete one game, the next mini-game is unlocked.

Is it any good?

These mini-games are intended to be video game-like fun, but the subject matter on this app is very serious, and some kids may find the time limits frustrating. Parents may want to play World Rescue with their kids to explain these heavy, sometimes scary situations in more detail. It can undoubtedly help kids learn about many of the problems people around the world face today. But because kids must unlock each game before moving on, some kids may give up before learning all they can learn. It would be an improvement if kids were simply able to bypass games they didn't like or for which they weren't able to beat the time limits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the kids and other characters in World Rescue are working to find solutions to the problems other people in the games are facing.

  • Seek out an organization that assists with one of the issues highlighted on this app, and talk about what your family can do to help.

  • Talk about the United Nations and UNESCO. Search online for more kid-friendly information about this global organization.

  • Explore other media that can build character and social-emotional skills.

App details

For kids who love empathy and social studies apps

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