Geography Drive USA is a wonderfully engaging educational app that teaches about American geography in ways children will love.
As one can imagine, it is not uncommon for friends and family to ask me to recommend apps for their children in grade school as many apps out there are for preschool-aged children. Geography Drive USA is a title that I can easily recommend as an application that is both highly educational and a lot of fun.
The main focus of this app is the ability to drive around a provided map of the U.S., traveling to neighboring states, answering geography and state history questions, gaining money along the way. I also enjoy how as one visits each state and the gas gets used up, one needs to answer questions to earn more fuel for the trip.
Do study the visitor center as this section contains information to read about each of the 50 states as well as a collection of both regional and state maps.
There are over 750 questions included in this game that covers things such as capitals, flags and postal abbreviations, plus much more.
There are also some additional fun activities such as a few mini-games like the Hawaii spelling bee or a visit to the state fair where one can gain a lot of money for correct answers to customize one’s car.
I really like that this app is intended to save the game that one has played for future dates, as there is a plethora of questions to be answered and trophies to win when regional areas of the map are filled in as well as other elements too numerous to list in this review.
The look of this app is also quite polished, bright and engaging for older children starting in grade school through adulthood.
Added elements such as upbeat music and a narrator congratulating players are appreciated, especially as the narrator brings a great deal of richness to this app with an inviting, perfect-for-radio voice and comments that go beyond the canned “good job” or clapping heard in other applications.
I have always been uniformly impressed with the apps from Spinlight Studio as they have done something I have not seen executed by other developers.
Spinlight Studio has been able to develop a variety of apps for all ages from a first app for the youngest players through grade school and beyond – each with the highest quality, whereas other developers have more of a niche that they stay in.
Each of Spinlight Studios apps may share the same sensibilities in terms of graphic design and bold colors used, but they cover themes ranging from apps focused on teaching letters or numbers to young app users as well as a“choose your own ending” storybook board game for preschoolers.
Also included in their catalogue is a retro-inspired carnival game high on style as well as serious educational apps for grade schoolers such as a math app with a terrific spy theme, and now a geography app which is full of whimsy and reminds me of the best moments as well as music reminiscent of “The Price Is Right” to keep kids learning as well as entertained.
I strongly invite readers to learn more about Spinlight Studio. I am eager to see what new apps they develop next.
Geography Drive USA™
Developer: Spinlight Studio
Released: 2012-11-20 00:00:00
Description from the Developer• 2013 Gold Parents' Choice Award
• 2013 Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice Award
• Featured on Fox News
• Top 5 Education App
"A definite must-have!"
-Parents' Choice Foundation
"This well-polished and entertaining game should be added to all educational libraries."
- Apps on Tapp
"Spinlight has produced another app that fits in our 'apps you MUST own' category."
"Spinlight developers are known for their wonderful apps and this one tops the list."
Hit the gas and head out on the highway in the fact-packed game that turns textbook geography into an exciting cross-country adventure.
In Geography Drive USA™, knowledge fuels your car on a coast-to-coast quest to learn about the fifty U.S. states. Answer questions to unlock the airports and fuel stations essential to stay in the game. Or take a chance on a bonus delivery and earn the cash to upgrade your ride. Whatever you do, keep one eye on your fuel, because the bottom of the tank means the end of the road in the latest, fun-filled educational app from the makers of Operation Math.
HAVE FUN LEARNING:
• The shapes, capitals, nicknames, postal abbreviations, flags, key symbols and more for all 50 U.S. states.
• National rivers, mountains, parks and time zones, important trails and railroads, and major U.S. cities and attractions
• Important landmarks, movements and key historical events
• Customizable cars and garage signs.
• The ability to track and score three different players.
• A game-based newspaper with headlines that change to recognize player achievements.
• A visitor center with 50 state brochures and a large collection of regional and national maps.
• 600 state and national geography questions.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
Geography Drive USA™ blends the facts you need with the game-play action you crave for one fun, cross-country adventure, complete with all of the following:
BONUS GAMES: Visit the state fair to take the State Capital and State Shape challenges. Or fly to Hawaii and try your hand at the Honolulu State Spelling Bee. Geography Drive comes with four bonus games included. And the more apps we sell, the more bonus games we'll add - all available free to you in future updates - no additional purchase required.
VISITOR CENTER: Drop by the Visitor Center in between games to brush up on your state facts or check out a large collection of national and regional maps. Here, you'll find everything you need to know to improve your performance on the road, including the following facts for every state:
• State capital
• State flag
• State nickname
• State tree
• State bird
• And much more
TROPHIES AND HEADLINES: There are over 16 different trophies waiting to be claimed and displayed in your personal trophy case. And the biggest achievements are recognized in the Geography Drive Newspaper for all other players to see.
CUSTOMIZATION AND UPGRADES: The more you earn, the more you can do in your personal garage, whether that means upgrading your car or adding a custom paint job. Geography Drive can keep track of three different players, and each one can customize their garage sign for free, with color, type and fun logos.
BEYOND THE STATES: In addition to 500 state trivia questions, there are 100 national geography questions designed to test your knowledge of rivers, oceans, time zones, major cities, landmarks, major geographic regions and more. You'll even find a few major historical events thrown in, just to keep you on your toes. All in one fun, integrated game.
Our Child-Safety Pledge.
Geography Drive USA contains:
• No third-party ads
• No social network links
• No easy web access
• No in-app purchases