The Amazing Digestive Journey is a fully-immersive look at the digestive system and the process involved in eating and digesting food. This app turns learning the body system into a fun puzzle for kids to explore.
Children become doctors in The Amazing Digestive Journey by Isygames. The task is to help poor Dougie Hurt figure out why he is in pain. From fixing his teeth to cleaning out the small intestine, the job is in the player's hands.
Users begin the journey in Dougie's mouth, checking out his teeth. After removing cavities, we move through the process of creating saliva to head down the esophagus. From there we hit all the major areas on the digestive track: stomach, gall bladder, liver, duodenum. Each area has a task to complete, and often an item to collect. Users must collect all manner of things to help keep the body in order. Vitamins, saliva, acid, even food particles called chyme. Each of these is stored in a backpack until it is needed to aid in the digestive process.
The whole system is a puzzle. Users must move from place to place using the body's tools to aid in digestion. Tapping on the telephone will call the emergency service. A pop up message directs the player to the next task. From recovering pancreatic enzymes to aid in dissolving chyme, to collecting a prescription for cough syrup to ease Dougie's sore throat, the player is the doctor. It is a very in-depth look at the food's journey through our body.
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This app is very, very detailed and in line with Isygames’ mission: "to create apps for serious learning that are still fun for kids to navigate and learn". Every section is labeled...and let's be honest, with parts I've never heard of as I'm not a doctor. The app is mostly linear, in that you need to flow with the digestive track, and can't really jump ahead. But, users must remember and locate some sections multiple times. I liked the puzzle aspect, where users must search for the items that will aid in digestion. The back and forth may have been time-consuming, however a convenient map of the body lets the player take a shortcut to whichever organ they need to visit next. There were some tricky areas. Honestly, I'm still lost in the small intestine, and can't find any more chyme! Also, the app is definitely made for older children. Probably age 8 and above. The app has no narration, so players must be able to read, and read unfamiliar words, well.
Overall, The Amazing Digestive Journey, is a great app. It is a very detailed look at the digestive system. Children become doctors as they work through puzzles to help food move through the body. This is a neat way to teach body systems, and makes learning fun.
The Amazing Digestive Journey is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.69
At the time of this review, the app has no ads or in-app purchases, and external links are protected by a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. After playing this app, she now knows where her duodenum and pylorus are. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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