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Ralph's Killer Muenster

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Skills:Genetics, Life Science

What we like best:

This app has awesome Sci-fi noir graphics and spooky sound effects.

What you should know:

The game was created by Genentech, a large biotech company and it includes some ad-like corporate information as well as links to the company website.
Full Review:

It’s a race against the clock in this fast-paced science app, where kids have to unlock a mutant cheese’s genetic code to save San Francisco. Ralph’s Killer Muenster is a stylish, tongue-in-cheek app that introduces little learners to the tricky topic of genetics.

Kids must map similar objects in sequence to create strands of mutant dairy DNA. To begin, players must uncover the basic bio-signatures of the monster cheese before moving on to more difficult levels. This app is a step beyond a simple matching and memory game—the exercises here ask children to identify common characteristics of similar objects, and then build patterns using the fewest connections possible. It’s a clever concept and a unique way of introducing some of the core abstract principles of genetics without feeling heavy on dry science or math. The interface is easy to navigate and the attention to detail is excellent—the game levels appear as rows of petri dishes and DNA sequences snap together with some satisfying techno sound effects.

While fun, this game does have external links to Genentech’s company website, which may require supervised play. Still, with killer graphics, a captivating backstory and many neighborhoods to be saved from destruction, Ralph’s Killer Muenster is a long-lasting educational game experience.

Reviewed 2013-06-03 on iPad mini iOS 6.0.1 by Roberta Munoz

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Price:Free
Grade:Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade
Topic:Science
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Genentech, Inc.