Cost: $0.99 (promotional pricing), Lite version available
Find it: Apple App Store
Why AppHipMom loves it: teaches science concepts in a fun yet challenging way
I can’t believe that both my kids (8, 11) are having so much fun with Monster Physics. Why? Because it’s physics. What kid likes physics?!
Dan Russell-Pinson is one of my favorite developers. This is the guy responsible for other notable educational apps such as Stack the Countries, Stack the States, Rocket Math and Presidents vs Aliens. Dan has a way of knowing how to build apps that won’t turn kids off to learning. In fact, his apps do the complete opposite. If my kids are any indication, they can’t get enough.
Monster Physics is about building structures, cars, planes, basically anything your kids can imagine. There are 68 different parts at their disposal such as rockets, cannons, magnets, wheels, metal and wooden blocks, ice, spheres, triangles, buttons, propellers, etc. You can rotate, flip, make larger or smaller any of the parts as you play.
There are 3 main sections to the game: Build, Missions and Learn. In “Build”, kids will love simply building their own inventions and seeing them in action. You start with a blank slate and let your imagination go wild. A little imagination goes a long way.
The objective in “Missions” is to figure out how to get Monster to the finish line or help Monster reach the fruit and veggies. There are currently 50 missions ranging from differing degrees of difficulty. I like that the missions are built to have several solutions and this game is all about trial and error. I often start not having any idea what I need to do and only after trying different things does the solution become clear. Let me tell you how exciting it is to have solved the mission after so many attempts!!
The last section “Learn” is all about teaching kids basic physics concepts such as gravity, friction, acceleration, etc. that they have been applying (without knowing) to the game.
Dan has hit another home run with Monster Physics. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
Images: Dan Russell-Pinson
Disclosure: I received a promo code for review purposes. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.