State Plate Review

Posted by Amy Solomon on July 1st, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

State Plate is an iPad app which brings the classic license plate travel game to the iPad. As in the original game, the object is to find all fifty states' license plates on various cars while traveling on long car rides. This game is perfectly suited to the use of an iPad application, and this game is executed very nicely.

The main screen is of the U.S. map, which has every state's license plate included as well. When a specific license plate is found, simply click it and the license plate is flipped over, still being able to see what state was represented.

I especially like that one can also tap to read more about a chosen state, including capital, nickname, state flower, state bird, population and a cool fact about each state. The state flag is also shown, a nice touch. This interface is very easy to use, and I like that one can flip a license plate back in play if a mistake is made, and that a warning is given if the button to start over is tapped, something important in a game taking place in a moving car. I also appreciate that the states found are saved within the app so players don't need to finish their game in one sitting.

I would recommend this game to families for long drives, and the iPad is large enough to share between two children. I wonder how often the game is finished, having found fifty out of fifty states, including Alaska and Hawaii, but this is not as much of an issue with this specific app which is nice to look at and easy to use and very informative, even without finishing the game completely.

iPad Screenshots

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