Elastic World

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Physics, Logic

What we like best:

Simple, addictive bouncy balls make basic physics fun for the elementary school set.

What you should know:

There's a tutorial but it doesn't give much information—more instructions would add to the educational value of the game.
Full Review:

A ball in motion tends to stay in motion—if you know what you're doing! Shapes that expand and contract with a touch let kids bounce balls around to grasp basic laws of physics. The interface is clean, graphically appealing and easy to understand; it’s simply made up of blobs and balls.

Budding Einsteins must manipulate the shapes to move the balls towards the goal; in level one, kids must manipulate rolling and swelling shapes to move the balls towards a floating star. Hit the star, and children gain points and unlock levels. Complex physics concepts are simplified in an engaging, age-appropriate way for this age set—just drop and drag with no math involved. Most concepts are made simple here, but this app has a few critical issues.

The easy-to-use interface is great, but in the free version, the game controls were a little inconsistent, which defeats the purpose of illustrating real life physics. The games are harder than they look and require a lot of patience. Kids can also get "trapped"—if a level proves too difficult, there's no home button. When the fluid forms work as advertised however, this app can be a unique and challenging experience for budding third-grade physicists and science lovers alike.

Reviewed 2012-10-15 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Price:Free – $0.99
Grade:Third Grade
Topic:Science, Games
Platform:Apple, Android
Publisher:Monkey I-Brow Studios