October 6, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Mesquite, Texas - Free Range Eggheads, a developer of educational iOS apps for children, today is excited to announce the release of their newest app, Puzzleography. Available for the iPad, Puzzleography is the first puzzle style geography game that includes the entire world and multiple levels of play.
Puzzleography includes nine maps: the continents of the world, the USA, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, North America, and a "hidden" bonus map accessible from the main screen. Players will leave the game knowing the location, shape, English pronunciation, relative size, and spelling of every continent and country in the world and every state in the USA.
The entire game is pirate themed. The maps stand on a picture of the ocean at dusk. A whimsical pirate holds the treasure map to each of the levels, and players must tap his treasure chest to receive another piece. A mini fireworks game inside a cave filled with lost pirate treasure, which allows players to explode a firework at a single touch, is the reward upon successful completion of a map.
Pieces are dispensed in a random order, for new game play every time.
The most distinguishing feature, however, is the levels. Puzzleography includes three levels to keep players entertained from ages 1 to 101.
In Level 1, young children who have mastered gross motor skills can simply touch any state, country, or continent to hear it spoken and see it spelled. Touch and drag off the state to leave it highlighted and the name displayed for spelling or reading practice.
In Level 2, older children can touch and drag the shape of every country to its proper place, while hearing the name and seeing it spelled. Thanks to organic game play, if they can't find a particular country, they can simply leave the piece anywhere on the board to come back to later while they grab another piece.
In Level 3, older children and adults will find the greatest challenge by eliminating shaped puzzle pieces. Players can drag the actual name of each country, state, or continent over its piece on the map.
Players also don't have to feel locked in to a single level. If Level 3 is too challenging, or Level 2 too easy, they can seamlessly shift between levels without losing their current puzzle or current on board pieces. Levels will be remembered from one map to the next.
"I'm really excited about the release of this new app," says founder and developer Amber Butler. "It could change the face of geography education in schools and at home. The most thrilling part to me is that children can, from a very early age, start to absorb the concept that there is more to the world than simply where they live. Through the multi-sensory learning in this app, my three-year old daughter knows that Texas is where she lives, but it's only a small part of the US, and the US is where she lives, but it's only a small part of the whole world, and Earth is where she lives, but it's only a small part of the solar system. That understanding alone, as rudimentary as it is, is well worth the cost."
Puzzleography offers endless fun and education for children of all ages. No two games are ever the same. While comparative Montessori based wooden maps retail for over $200, Puzzleography is available for instant download offers the portability, ease, and interactivity of the world's most popular tablet computer.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 17.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Puzzleography 1.0 is available for $2.99 (USD) in the US and is priced accordingly worldwide. Puzzleography is available in the App Store in the Education category.
Free Range Eggheads was founded in 2011 with the mission of creating beautiful, open ended educational apps for children of all ages. We believe children are capable of learning as they explore the world around them, and aim to create apps that adapt to the child, feel organic, and offer educational benefit to the whole child. Copyright (C) 2011 Free Range Eggheads. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.