Calgary, Canada – One theme remains consistent while browsing educational games on the App Store. Most titles aimed for young audiences are simple in presentation and execution. For the most part, they deliver what they promise: a simple, healthy game where the child is engaged completing simple tasks. However, what most of these titles miss out on is the importance of engaged parents. The idea of “co-viewing” is something that was first put into practice by Sesame workshop: Children learn best when they’re learning alongside trusting adults. Most game studios that develop educational games have historically left out the parents. It is easy to find titles that are very well crafted and polished, but they lack gravitas toward grownups. Inevitably, these titles become babysitting apps.
Front Row is aiming to create educational games that are both educational and retain a level of appeal for adults. Their first title “Around the world in 5 differences” was released on December 15th, 2012. The game has garnered rave reviews from industry leaders and is regarded as one of the top titles in its genre. The game is a new take on a classic find the difference puzzle. The user is presented with two seemingly identical images and is challenged with spotting the differences. Each level is designed to have easy to spot and subtle differences so as a child plays, the parents are also engaged in the game.
Another significant element in educational titles is the importance of active and passive learning. While the child is actively improving her analytical and observational skills playing, she is also presented with cultures, customs, architecture and scenery from around the world. With more than 120 colourful levels covering the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Oceania, the title seeks to have a balance between historic, cultural, scenic and informative presentations. Completing each level also delves deeper with introducing facts such as the location and the significance of the subject.
From a technical perspective, “Around the world in 5 differences” also rises above other similar titles. This is the only game where each level is created dynamically during game play. Playing the same level twice will present a different set of differences providing an immense level of replayability and challenge. The title also solves the issue of limited screen size on iOS devices by providing the user a way to pan around. Images are not shrunk to fit on the screen. Also, as a universal app, the game runs on all iOS devices: iPads, iPhones and iPods.
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3/4/5 gen) and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 77.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Around the world in 5 differences 1.0 is Free and for 2.99 (USD) the full game can be purchased. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Purchasing the full version once means the game can be played on all iOS devices associated with that iTunes account.
Front Row Studio is a start up mobile app and game development company out of Calgary Canada. Copyright (C) 2013 Front Row Studio. 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.