Magic Stones is a really neat RPG (Role Playing Game) designed specifically for children ages 3-6. Travel a make believe world as you collect the ingredients for magic potions solving problems and practicing basic early learning skills.
Developer Every1Plays has come up with a unique idea of creating a learning game in a role playing game style similar to many popular video games. The catch is that this one is geared toward 3-6 year olds. After creating your own avatar, children travel the imaginary world completing missions to gather ingredients to create magic stones.
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Children begin by learning that a dragon has wreaked havoc upon the magical kingdom. Only the magic stones can help defeat the dragon. Magic stones can only be created using specific recipes calling for ingredients found throughout the kingdom. Players go from place to place on the map solving problems, playing games, and answering questions to earn the various ingredients.
Games vary from a shape matching game that puts a village back together, to a quiz game where children listen for clues to the correct answer, to a maze where you must use the correct tools to free the sheep the dragon blew into various enclosures. Players also have to help reconstruct the bubble castle by blowing bubble shapes and rebuild the workshop by following a blueprint. You can also battle the dragon in the castle.
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This app is a really unique idea that lets our youngest children join their older siblings in the role playing world. Playing on the magic and sorcery ideas that are running rampant in this generation is a really smart way to sneak some education into our little gamers' lives. The activities all have some educational relevance. The quiz game asks some great classification type questions - which tool has a wooden handle, which animal has 8 legs, etc. The maze game was our favorite as kids have to problem solve about what tool will knock down the barriers to free the sheep. The idea of collecting ingredients to complete recipes for magical stones is in itself a learning activity. Game play is kind of slow as the game narrates a story and you move from place to place on the map. But the slowness is due to the storytelling, and is just another part of the game.
Overall, Magical Stones is a fun idea for our preschool crowd who is just starting to want to play video games. The bonus of this is that it's educational as well as fun. If the developers fix the one hitch in the game, it should provide your child with hours of fun.
Try before you buy! Lite version availabe
RRP - $3.99/£2.49/€3.59
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She spent way too much time playing with this app and not nearly enough time letting her son play. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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