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Skills:Money Math, Engineering, Physics

What we like best:

Building projects come with a budget so players learn engineering and money math at the same time.

What you should know:

Touch and swipe controls are a little sticky and take some getting used to.
Full Review:

Create a simple tree house that won't topple over—or go big and construct a skyscraper that can withstand tornado-force winds. Whatever the project, budding builders will stretch and strengthen their knowledge of physics, engineering and money math with this innovative app.

Curious kids who like to design and fabricate, fashion or frame will love the hands-on feel of this game. Specific project specs outline the structure that little architects must build to withstand whatever is thrown at it. Be warned; piecing together structures definitely isn't as easy as it looks! There are many construction options to choose from—staircases and dams to Ferris wheels and ramps—all with different levels of difficulty. Design in blueprint mode and then stress-test creations to see if your building makes the grade. Things can, and do, collapse—fortunately kids can always go back to the drawing board. Points are earned for the integrity of the structure, and also for staying within project parameters. Building materials aren't cheap and finishing on time and under budget gets top stars.

Project variety mixed with realistic (but fun) gameplay ensures budding engineers will keep coming back for new projects and play time.

Reviewed 2012-10-13 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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