A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about the migration patterns of birds, as well as about bird ecosystems as a whole. There are mini-games aimed at teaching kids about human and non-human hazards that birds face, from airplanes and pesticides to predatory creatures and adverse weather. By playing Mission Migration, kids can learn how birds interact with the environment, their migration patterns, and what can be done to help them.
This game teaches players about the basic concept of bird migration. It scores points for its educational content in this regard. There is little in the way of a fleshed-out storyline, however. There is mainly a pattern of gameplay elements intertwined with text about how birds migrate.
Positive Role Models
The birds are the the stars of this game. Since there are no characters who guide players along, no one stands out as a specific role model.
Ease of Play
This game is an educational tool in the format of a video game. As a result, its focus is not really on providing a gaming challenge for players. Players will need to master a few basic controls to get through the gameplay elements, which include flying around obstacles and landing safely on the ground, but anyone with a minimal level of gaming experience should be able to complete the game without any issues.
Violence & Scariness
During some of the gameplay elements, it is possible for birds to become hurt. They can be hit by incoming planes, storm clouds, pesticides, etc. However, players can never inflict violence themselves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mission Migration is a game sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Its goal is to teach kids about birds, including details about their migration patterns, as well as the threats that they encounter on a daily basis. Some gameplay elements involve avoiding objects like pesticides and airplanes, but the birds cannot die. If players fail, the birds simply "run out of energy" and they can try again.
Is It Any Good?
MISSION MIGRATION achieves its goal of presenting a worthwhile amount of information to kids without creating a boring experience. The mini-games are varied and interesting, and should hold the attention of anyone who plays through it. The game does feel a little detached at times, since the gameplay is only loosely connected to the educational material presented throughout the game. The learning material comes directly from the National Audubon Society, so it can be trusted. Kids are likely to learn something about the complex ecosystem and migration patterns of birds. Unfortunately, most of this learning is placed on top of the gaming, instead of being baked into the gameplay.
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