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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Storm Seekers is an educational game meant to teach kids how weather works. The game covers humidity, wind, clouds, and terrain factors. Kids move a weather balloon around the map, predicting the weather, including wind patterns, rain, and storms. It's suitable for middle and high school-level kids studying earth science or interested in meteorology, and there are no issues with privacy or offensive content.
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What’s It About?
In STORM SEEKERS, the player is a \"fearless balloon pilot\" working for the Foul Weather Awareness Authority. The player roams around a map in a weather balloon, stopping at different locations. At each locale, the player must evaluate weather conditions and geography and, based on this information, make predictions about likely weather patterns.
Is It Any Good?
Storm Seekers is a nice mix of entertainment and education. It looks great and has a cool, accessible concept, but it's also intently focused on teaching kids about the science of weather prediction. Because of the ever-changing weather during a play session, there's no rote memorization, just informed analysis. Kids get to experiment with what works and what doesn't, gaining valuable knowledge about how weather conditions impact patterns and how environment and geography impact weather. It's also adaptable to kids of varying abilities. By choosing where they make their predictions, kids can adjust difficulty on the fly, choosing more predictable environments like lakes and oceans or more unpredictable mountainous regions. Kids are rewarded for successfully predicting more difficult choices, and their score is added up and displayed at the end. It's a clever concept that covers a rare subject with tons of polish and style, and all for a low price. Budding meteorologists will come back for more.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can discuss local TV weather reports. How do you think the weather person on the news predicts the weather? What tools would be useful to do what he or she does?
Families can explore different climates and the conditions that characterize them.
Families can learn about local weather patterns. How do you think wind direction, humidity, and clouds affect the rainfall in your hometown? What local conditions result in common weather patterns in your region?
- Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Science: weather
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, prediction, thinking critically
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Filament Games
- Release date: October 3, 2013
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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