Parents' Guide to

City of Materials

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun game teaches science through forensic investigation.

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There are so many layers of play and ways for kids to learn about science here. The City of Materials game world isn't huge, but it's easy to navigate and find activities to suit your kids' interests. Don't worry about City of Materials exposing kids to upsetting or gory crimes; they include a dognapping, a pair of mysteriously broken glasses, and a local laboratory sabotage. The focus here is on how materials and science can be used as evidence as well as the forensic skills needed to investigate and solve crimes. The site is chock-full of fun tidbits and doesn't miss any opportunities to share science info; even the game loading screens offer interesting factoids while kids are waiting. Kids get direction and keep track of things on their own in-game smartphone, which they'll love. These little details make City of Materials a truly engaging science resource. Who knew materials could be so fun?

Website Details

  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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