Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 3
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Grandpa in Space is a new universal app that includes ten mini-games, a variety of space-themed fun facts, and videos from NASA that will nicely educate children on topics such as the planets of our solar system as well as strengthening preschool basic information like counting and sequencing by height or familiarity of geometric shapes. To play, children will first be given a chance to choose a specific planet, build a spaceship, and take off on an adventure that will include a few mini-games along the way. Being space-themed, children will encounter such exercises as an alien matching based on the classic game of concentration, counting by 1s to blast asteroids in an arcade-styled section, or fixing a broken satellite in a puzzle-centric mini-game.
My favorite sections include the astronaut training videos with real NASA videos seen from a fun POV from the children’s place on board the spaceship that they previously constructed alongside Grandpa, as well as the other clips seen about each planet that also includes Pluto - with Pluto not being a “real” planet touched upon here as well. Parents will appreciate being able to easily select from the menu the specific games that are a child's favorites - always a nice choice. It would also be helpful to decide as a parent how many mini-games a child has the attention span for before calling the space voyage over, as well as how often to include a gift from Grandpa that is used as a reward but sometimes be redundant and can take away from the rhythm created by working on mini-games back-to-back.
I do, however, find the character of Grandpa really appealing as he narrates much of the contents of this app, explaining in a way most conversational the content of these space videos that are themselves without sound, making Grandpa in Space a nice educational app for toddlers and preschool-aged children.