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Geography Drive USA™

Geography Drive USA™

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 8 & Up
Contributions From: John Turner
Contributions From: Candace Hutton
Director: Matt Hutton
Director: Christopher Phillips
Developer: Spinlight Studio
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPad

In Geography Drive USA, players drive a vehicle around the United States, navigating by map, in an attempt to visit all 50 states and successfully answer three geography or trivia questions in a row in each state. Fuel is limited, so players refuel by answering questions about geographical and historical features of the entire country. Players win money for fuel trips, airplane rides to far-away states, and vehicle customization with every correct answer. Bonus cash is available on occasion when players make a pick-up in one state and deliver an item to another state

The game has three "garages" to allow for three separate users. In each garage there is also a visitor's center to allow players to bone up on state and national minutiae before jumping onto the map. Up-tempo driving music plays in the background, and bright Route 66-reminiscent graphics highlight the game. Upper elementary and middle school children may find the game difficult to put down, inspired by missed questions to learn more and try again. Younger children, missing more frequently, may find it frustrating without the help of a parent or older sibling. The game is fun, not too slow but never high-pressure, and loaded with opportunities for learning. A definite must-have!

Emily Crawford   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Spinlight Studio
Available on iTunes

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