Geography Drive USA™ by Spinlight Studio – Review & Giveaway
Reviewed by Alison
Geography Drive USA by Spinlight Studio is a fun and very addictive state trivia game that the entire family can enjoy. The app features a car which you drive coast to coast (including Alaska and Hawaii via airplane) where you learn about each of the states and answer trivia questions to unlock the state, fuel stations, airports and bonus games. In addition, there are bonus deliveries such as dice and potatoes which you must take from the original state to the new state for an extra bonus. The most important thing to do in this game is to keep track of your fuel, because if you run out – it’s game over and time to start over again. The app features shapes, capitals, nicknames, postal abbreviations, flags, symbols, rivers, mountains, parks, time zones, trails and railroads, major attractions, landmarks, key historical events and more. The app also features customization including cars and garage signs, the ability to track and score three different players allowing for individuals to play against each other, newspaper headlines, a visitor center which features information on all 50 states, a traveling state fair and more.
This app was an app that we enjoyed as a family. Having driven cross-country several times I thought I knew my state trivia quite well – and I did to a point. I really liked the colorful interactivity of the app, the questions which were written on easy to read cards and the ability to get instant feedback on if my answer was correct or not. The app is one that you can do one state at a time and so you can play for five minutes or hours – either way it’s so much fun you really didn’t realize you were learning! I think that parents could use this app with their children while they were learning about specific states or even while they were traveling cross country to teach them a little bit about each of the states that they were in. My son enjoyed playing the app with us and can now tell us that Idaho has potato’s in it because we picked up a potato which was put on the roof of our car for a delivery.
In terms of changes, I wish there was a way to turn off the soundtrack for the app and still have the questions read out loud. I couldn’t find a way despite a few tries. I also wish there was a way to earn a “last chance” when you ran out of fuel – the first time I played the game almost all the way through I got to 44 states and then didn’t keep an eye on my fuel gauge and had to restart again!
This app is best targeted at children who are in fourth or fifth grade and older, but if you play as a family you can enjoy re-learning your trivia and earning points to finish each state. I can see it being very useful during the standard US History project in elementary school because it brings geography to life in a entirely different way. This is also a really fun app to play together as a family as we did during this holiday season.