Social Studies Quiz Game Show

Game review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Jeopardy-style trivia drills social studies facts.
  • Mac, Windows
  • $19.99/individual; $49.99/classroom; $199.99/site
  • 2013

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a diverse set of social studies trivia, including world history and culture. The mixture of American studies with more global perspectives helps makes traditional civics more relatable and allows kids to place American history, society, and politics in a broader context both historically and globally. However, since Social Studies Quiz Game Show is only an interactive quiz, kids might learn facts but not the valuable critical-thinking skills that help them do something with that knowledge.

Positive Messages

Kids work in teams or challenge themselves through solo play. They're encouraged to think critically and to problem solve. The point of the game is not to promote positivity, but it does provide a solidly positive environment for play.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The only character in this game is a Spanish explorer. He's supportive and helpful, encouraging kids to keep trying when they get something wrong and praising them when they succeed.

Ease of Play

Since it's similar to Jeopardy, the rules are pretty simple, and the point-and-click interaction is not a technical hurdle. Like Jeopardy, competitive play requires some knowledge of addition and subtraction.

Violence

There are plenty of references to violent historical events, such as the deaths of Native Americans due to European colonization, but there's no death or violence in the game's events.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Social Studies Quiz Game Show is a basic trivia game modeled after Jeopardy. Kids answer questions about a variety of social studies topics based on categories they -- or their parents -- choose. They can play by themselves or in teams, and they can play with or without a timer. Kids choose questions, answer them, and get scored on whether they were right or wrong with some occasional opportunities for bonuses. As with other potentially competitive multiplayer games, kids may get discouraged due to uneven play.

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What's it about?

There's no plot or story line, just a thin game-show premise with a likeable, cartoonish Spanish explorer host. It's modeled after Jeopardy, so kids familiar with the show will get the gist quickly. Players choose five categories each round and then select questions from those categories. Questions are ranked by point values. The team with the highest score wins.

Is it any good?

It's not complicated since it's just an interactive question-and-answer game. Even so, it's engaging and features a nice variety of subjects, all applicable to kids' classroom learning. With different levels of difficulty and the option for team or solo play, kids can play competitively (as well as cooperatively) or challenge themselves alone, boosting skills. Surprise bonus points add to the fun and mix things up. There's no saving, and high scores are not recorded long-term, but with more than 200 questions there's plenty of replayability.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can ask kids what topics or questions were particularly interesting, and discuss how they might find out more about them.

  • Families also can discuss how learning about social studies might help them outside of school. In what other areas of your life and schooling can you apply what you've learned?

  • Explore a more immersive game focused on social studies, and compare and contrast the learning experiences.

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