Connectorium is a unique app from developer Games for Soul, and a top pick as an educational game. The game play follows Nina, a young girl, who wakes up to find all of the connections in the world have gone missing. Players must help Nina make connections in real world settings showing how interdependent our world is.
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Connectorium is a completely unique game that allows players to explore the connections within our world. Nina awakes to find that all of the connections in the world are missing. She begins her day by having to connect her breakfast items. Players must draw connections in a web of items. For example, in Nina's breakfast, the toast is connected to the toaster and the power cord is connected to the toaster. The plug is also connected to the power source. The butter goes on the bread, but also in the pan to cook the eggs. The resulting web shows how interwoven our world is.
Players must not only draw the correct connections, they must also draw the connections going in the right direction. A plug goes to a power source, not the other way around. Many items also serve more than one purpose. Give the iPad a shake and the pieces of the web shift, giving a different view of the items. Each level is scored with how many attempts it takes to find all of the connections, keeping track of the correct and incorrect attempts.
There are eight random levels in the game, exploring systems including: educational, agriculture, physical, biological, mechanical, and musical. The game follows Nina's story throughout the day. Between games, pop-up style illustrations and a cute narration tell about her adventure. Game play can be done out of order as well. Players can select scenes from the home menu to practice, working to achieve high scores in each level.
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This app is a completely unique experience. I really loved the level of thought necessary to make all of the connections necessary. I also loved the visual illustration of how interwoven our world is. The variety of levels and systems explored, really gives players a wide selection to explore and manipulate. Also, I really liked how connections weren't just identified, but actually had to be going in the correct direction. Connectorium also does a great job of showing how many items serve more than one purpose and are essential components to our world.
Overall, this app really intrigued me. As an adult, I was completely caught up in creating the webs of connections. I even struggled a bit to find all of the connections in some of the systems. Players will really enjoy the depth of thought that is needed to play this game. The unique idea makes this a top pick for Fun Educational Apps.
Connectorium is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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