Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stack the Countries

imageStack the Countries
Created by Dan Russell-Pinson

About the App

After the success of Stack the States, the creator of that app received many requests to make a similar game for the countries of the world... so he did! Stack the Countries offers the same fun and learning as Stack the States, but also adds many new features giving it a much larger scope.

The game focuses on basic country information such as capitals, landmarks, major cities, continents, border countries, languages, flags and more. You can dive right in and play or brush up on your country knowledge by using the 192 country flash cards and the interactive maps of the continents. As you progress in the game, you earn more countries to add to your personalized map of the world. You also unlock the two free bonus games.

Map It! is a bonus game that's designed to help players learn where the countries are located on the map. First pick a continent to play with then tap the location on the map where the requested country is located. Pile Up! is another bonus game that helps players identify the countries based on their shape.

Since learning the countries of the world is more difficult than the 50 states, I've added a few features that will help ease the learning curve. First, each player can choose to focus only on one continent at a time. Also, each player can choose which of the 8 types of questions are asked.

imageStack the Countries Features:
⚫ More than 1000 unique questions
⚫ 192 flash cards -- one for each country!
⚫ Interactive maps of the continents
⚫ Collect all 192 countries and track your progress on personalized maps
⚫ Earn FREE bonus games: Map It! and Pile Up!
⚫ Works on both iPhone and iPad - a universal app
⚫ Create up to six player profiles
⚫ Choose any of the friendly-looking countries as your avatar
⚫ High resolution pictures of famous world landmarks
⚫ iPhone 4 Retina Display support

imageOur Thoughts

When I was in high school, I loved geography.   I find it important to know the countries around the world.  Granted, not everyone needs the information for their day-to-day life but when you watched the news or the Olympics, knowing where a country is located can be useful.   As a homeschool mom (and a person who enjoyed geography), I always planned to introduce my kids to geography one day.   Since last year, I have been blessed beyond measure with wonderful curriculum to teach the subject.   This time, I’ve discover a wonderful app that could go on either the iPhone or the iPad – Stack the Countries.

This cute little app will challenge your kids to test their knowledge on World geography by asking them questions about the capitals, landmarks, major cities, continents, border countries, languages, flags, and country shapes. While answering questions about the world, your child can win a country and fill the whole world by doing so.   It is even possible to map the country on a game to learn where the countries are located.   We have recently started studying the world geography using two different yet complementary curriculum.   This little app will help my kids to put into practice the lessons.   

The graphics are fun for the kids and the questions are very pertinent to the major cities, landmarks, capitals and much more for a specific country.   What I particularly like about this app is that I can’t predict what the next question will look like.   You can have the possibility of answering a variety of questions on a specific country.   Now, since I had the app, I have not come across one question on Canada yet.    So I am pretty sure that numerous questions are programmed in this cute little app.

Stack the Countries has impressed me a lot.  I had downloaded other apps on the subject of geography but I have not came across something that will incorporate the fun into the learning.   I definitively recommend Stack the Countries to my homeschool friends.   It will stretch the learning experience of their kids and of the moms too! 

Disclaimer: I received the app for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.  All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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