What you see on the picture/the video on the app store is what you get: a few pictures that you can tap so something moves but not much explanation or any games. My four year old found this very hard to use (it is not very easy to find the next animation) and except for the vulcano he wasn't much interested.
Dig into our planet and the forces that shape it. Trigger earthquakes! Make volcanos erupt! Discover fossils. Investigate plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and deposition. Move glaciers and beaches.
***** Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice *****
The Earth is an interactive model that lets kids study geology and ecology. Kids explore and play with the geological forces that change the Earth—above and below the surface, in minutes and over millions of years. Kids can also learn about conservation as they test clean energy sources, clean up beaches, and preserve forests.
The Earth is No. 5 in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library. Each Explorer’s Library app lets kids explore the invisible and awesome wonders of STEM. Kids (and kids at heart!) develop foundational science literacy.
"This is a great way to let children informally and playfully discover some of the big ideas they’ll encounter later on in their school curriculum. Apps like this one are good reminders for why you spent hundreds of dollars on a phone or tablet for your child." — Warren Buckleitner, editor, Children's Technology Review
* Investigate how landforms are created.
* See the Earth transform over time, from a sphere of boiling rock to the continents we live on today.
* Dig under the surface and observe the Earth’s layers from the crust to core.
* Weather, erode, and deposit rocks and sediment. Shape the land with your fingertips!
* Make a river meander. Make a glacier recede and advance. Create sand dunes, sea stacks, and beaches. Trigger a rockslide!
* Discover fossils as you investigate rock formations.
* See how plants weather the Earth by making your own garden.
* Discover mysteries like frost wedging, stalactites and stalagmites, and hotspots.
* Experiment with four different types of volcanoes.
* Earth Day ecology bonus interactions about conservation: test clean energy sources, clean up beaches, and preserve forests.
* Learn new vocabulary in 40+ languages with interactive labels in close-up scenes.
* Original artwork by Sarah Jacoby.
* Intuitive, safe, and kid-friendly design.
* Entertaining for kids and adults alike — play together and learn together!
Our expert-reviewed handbook is full of facts, interaction tips, and discussion questions to support learning in this app, in the classroom or at home. Download in your app or at: http://tinybop.com/handbooks.
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What's New in Version 1.2.1
We added a supplemental handbook with fun facts and discussion questions, as well as minor improvements and fixes.
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So, I saw the app, and thought it looked really awesome, because you could build windmills, oil tankers, drills, etc. But what do I find? NONE OF THAT. All you can do is tap some stuff, and there are NO windmills, or anything. What happened to the white bar on the right?? Has potential, but not worth the money, yet.
Also loving exploring a huge map
I give this a 4star because it looks really good but I can't seem to be able to get it to work. It's very educational and looks like it has a good meaning. If anyone knows how this works (like in how to get he white side bar on the right etc) please say🙂
"This is so incredible!" says my autistic ten year old daughter, "You've got to see this!" She is absolutely amazed by this app, what she is learning about the world, and how she can interact with it. This app is quite incredible. If only school had the same effect!
It grabbed my attention for 10 minutes, but then I asked myself, what is the point of this game? I was completely confused about what I was meant to be doing, and I did everything available in under half an hour. Looking at the video, I thought it looked promising, yet it just disappointed me. I like how you teach about the Earth, but I didn't know what to do. Maybe include a tutorial for the fist few minutes? It has potential, just not quite there.
This game is good it supports the earth
Wish I had read the reviews of this before buying. Will not keep children entertained for hours and there is not 'an endless landscape' to discover. The fun and learning potential of this app is exhausted in minutes - half an hour max. It looks good but does not deliver. Wish I had spent money on something good instead :-(
It's not the app you think it is, it's boring and pointless, do not buy
It promised to be a deeply immersive and educational app and just failed to deliver. My son who loves earthquakes and volcanoes became bored so fast. It promises to take you through the different years on earth but it's just a planet view. You can't go any deeper. When you finally figure out to double tap to 'play' the game you get taken to one big screen of a landscape by the sea. There is no words, no narrative, no explanation at all about what's going on or what you have to do. It takes literally 3mins to play all games content- to open the slides and make volcanoes blow. Takes longer to figure out if you need to tap or hold on each section. And then that's it. Game over. No explanations at all.
For the price I paid I really hope they have some extra content to add. I'm very keen atm to get my money back.
Pointless app. No thought behind it or narrative on what you are doing.
NOT WORTH THE MONEY
Don't waste your money folks, a promising idea for a game that wasn't made very well
As the heading states
Not much to do except cause earthquakes, floods, eruptions etc. No instructions. Not worth the £2 at all
Game is not worth the money it ask it gets boring within 4mins not worth even reading what it's about not a good game at all
Rubbish. No objectives or instructions to anything
Highly recommended 😊