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What we love…

educational, entertaining,

What we’d love to see…

perhaps a level selection, so that the youngest players can have less challenging obstacles.

Summary

A trivia and arcade game that makes learning about US presidents a lot of fun.

Our Rating

 

 

Have you been looking for an effective way for children to memorize presidential facts or to simply become more familiar with US Presidents?  If so, Presidents vs Aliens by Dan Russell-Pinson, creator of award winning apps Monster Physics, Stack the States, and Tower Math, may be just what you are looking for!

 

Presidents vs Aliens is a trivia and arcade game rolled into one.  The object of the game is to defeat the aliens that have gathered over some of America’s monuments. The only ones that can defeat them are the United Presidents, but they need your help.  In order to help them, you need to be able to recognize who the presidents are and know some facts about them.

 

Children who are just starting to learn about the United States presidents can start with the Learn option.  In index card style fashion, children learn about the presidents one at a time starting with George Washington and ending with the current president.  Along with a photograph, information in the index cards include the president’s years of service, their political party, their nickname, their vice presidents, their famous quotes, events they served in, and miscellaneous facts. I personally took a few presidents a day and taught my younger children a little bit about each of them, emphasizing name and photo recognition.  When they became more familiar with the presidents, I introduced them to the app and allowed them to scroll through the information in the Learn option.  The game is best enjoyed when children know enough to answer questions correctly.

To play the game, you first have to set up a profile for each child, entering their name and choosing an avatar.  The profile set-up process also allows you to customize their experience by selecting which questions would be asked in the game.  By default, all questions are selected.  Simply deselect the type of questions you don’t want to be asked.  For my younger ones, I only selected “identify president” which simply asks children to identify the presidents by their photograph.

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After creating their profile, the game begins.  Children will be shown a monument with aliens surrounding it.  The name of the monument can be found at the bottom of the screen.  Next a question and a choice of four presidents appear.  When the correct president is selected, the children get to fling them towards the aliens to hit them.  They can direct the president by tapping and dragging towards the direction they want the president to go.  An arrow appears to help guide them with this.  Once the president has been catapulted, they can help further guide the president’s movements by tilting the screen.  This is especially needed and helpful when there are obstacles they need to go through in order to hit the aliens. There will also be some fun power ups and special objects they can use to defeat the aliens.  The game is over once all the aliens have been hit and removed from the screen.  If children answer at least 50% of the questions correctly, they get to collect a coin with a president on it. After collecting 15 presidents, the bonus game Heads of State is unlocked, where they must identify correctly identify presidents by their photograph.  After collecting 30 presidents, the bonus game Executive Order is unlocked where they get to organize a set of presidents in the order they served.  Once unlocked, children can play the bonus games anytime they wish.

What I love most about Presidents vs Aliens is that it really works out your mind in different ways.  The learning portion provides new information to digest, the trivia portion exercises your memorization skills, and the arcade portion puts your strategizing, problem solving, and logical thinking skills to use.  This game is never boring.

Presidents vs Aliens is a very fun and goofy way to learn about US presidents.   My children enjoyed this game tremendously, as did I.  I noticed they were able to memorize facts more quickly.  The graphics and sounds are fantastic and I loved that the children get to know some of the monuments as well.  There were times the game did get too long for the little ones because the obstacles were more challenging, which means they needed to answer a ton of questions to get through the game.  They did eventually get through it and thankfully the obstacles weren’t always too challenging for them.  The older ones loved the challenge just fine.  Without a doubt, children and adults who want to learn more about US presidents will love this game.  I highly recommend it!


Presidents vs. Aliens®
Presidents vs. Aliens®
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Family, Games, Trivia
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 164.79 MB

$1.99USD

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