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Risk Ranch

Risk Ranch

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 8 - 14 yrs.
Developer: CME Group
Platform: iPad

Risk Ranch, an app for children aged 8 through 14 years, is based on a National 4-H Council board game which teaches children about risk management. At the start of the game, children are given a small number of coins with which to make farm-related, food and medical purchases for their steer. This is followed by four seasons of plinko-style game play in which children must avoid risk pegs which represent sickness, fuel prices and food safety-concerns. At the end of the second and third rounds, children use accumulated coins to purchase the aforementioned necessities as well as "futures," which allow them to be immune to risks for a short period of time. After the fourth, and final, season, the steer is weighed, current market price determined, and its value is calculated. The end result of game play is generally an increased awareness of not only what it takes to get the steer to market, but the prudence of purchasing "futures" and thus mitigating risk.

The app is well-designed with colorful and attractive graphics, intuitive game play and a detailed tutorial; however, the repetitive gameplay detracts from its long term play value to broad audiences.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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