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Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa

Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa

Fall 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Designer: Cognitive Kid
Developer: Cognitive Kid
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPad

Explore Africa and learn about its flora, fauna, people, and history in this content-packed app. Ansel and Clair are aliens trying to rebuild their ship named Marley, which has crashed over the continent. The first challenge of the app is to find Africa on the globe. Once there, children can pick which part of the continent to visit. Within each scene, question marks appear above landmarks, animals, geographic features, and cultural objects. Curious Ansel asks questions, and brainy Clair answers them. Her answers are complex and thoughtful. For example, she doesn’t just say what a pyramid is, but she also tells a bit about how they were built.

Little touches and minigames add magic. When rain falls, it must be cleared from the screen. We learn that the hot desert becomes very cold at night, and must then make a fire to keep Ansel warm. Memorable objects can be photographed and kept in the game’s travel log.

Multiple players can have an account with the app, which allows two children to progress through the app at separate paces.

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Cognitive Kid, Inc.

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