By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Great educational content; slightly dry gameplay.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Learning about the world and its various cultures is important. And more than that, it is interesting.
Positive Role Models
The game sets a wonderful example, encouraging study and test preparation, rewarding curiosity, and presenting education as fun and enjoyable.
Ease of Play
You need to know some hardcore geographical trivia to succeed at this game, however, all the information is available to learn through the game. So if it's too difficult at first, you can use the game itself to cram for your next session. The game says it's for grades 2 to 8, but the lower end of that scale seems a little young for the level of questions asked.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this overtly educational game will certainly help kids bone up on their world geography, but that the game is very challenging. Parents may need to remind their children that they are not expected to know the answers right off the bat, but that by practicing and reading through the "Geopedia" they will get better at the game. Parents should also know that despite the cover claim that the game is for grades 2 to 8, realistically, it may be over the heads of kids on the lower end of that spectrum.
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What’s It About?
LEARN GEOGRAPHY teaches kids the whats, wheres, and whys of different countries around the globe. Play takes several different formats, including picture puzzles and word games. The central game mode involves solving clues that will tell you which city to fly to next on a global treasure hunt. Kids can study up at any time with the \"Geopedia\" and can test what they've learned with a multiple choice \"Final Exam.\"
Is It Any Good?
Learn Geography lives up to its name. Between the treasure hunt mode, the trivia quizzes, and the ten additional mini-games, there's plenty of variety to keep things interesting. While the games are all quite enjoyable, there's a somewhat dry feel to Learn Geography. Perhaps it stems from the name. Why not Geography Fun or Geography Adventure? It may be difficult getting kids to play a game that sounds like homework, but if they need extra help in geography, tell them that this game will be much more entertaining than a standard textbook. Because, while the overall presentation could have benefited from a little more color and whimsy, the game does what it promises to do in an enjoyable way.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the imporance of learning about the world we live in. Why should we bother to learn about other countries? Is it reallly important for us to be able to point out different countries or cities on a map? Does playing a game like this make you think differently about the world?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Dreamcatcher
- Release date: January 4, 2010
- Genre: Educational
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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