“Plenty of ancient Egyptian fun and replay value for tweens… A lot of the learning will be incidental to the game play, but so what?” - Best Kids Apps (www.bestkidsapps.com)
What else is being said about Britannica Kids app:
“ …outstanding quality that Encylopaedia Britannica is known for.” - Adam Curry, The Big App Show
“…I have been seriously impressed with both the content and design.” – The iPhone Mom (www.iphonemom.com)
Ancient Egypt is the perfect app for exploring the secrets of hieroglyphics, mummification, the Pyramids, Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, and other popular Egyptian topics. Learn and play at the same time through a variety of games like Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzles, and the Magic Square among others. Learning has never been more fun with this interactive and educational app that is based on school curriculum.
Learning about ancient Egypt has never been more fun with this quick, interactive, and educational app based on the school curriculum. And as it’s from Britannica you can be sure it’s appropriate and safe for the whole family. Ideal for homework help, the app features:
Exclusive Encyclopædia Britannica curriculum-based features written specifically for ages 8-12. Coverage of the topic includes:
The Ancient Egyptian World
Dynasties of Egypt
The River Nile
Gods and the Afterlife
Egyptian Gods (featuring 14 of the most prominent Gods )
Then the fun starts:
•Map – With this amazing tool you can locate where you are anywhere in the world. Want to see the Pyramids? It’s easy with our map tool, and use the zoom feature to see one of the largest structures ever built up close and personal!
•Jigsaw Puzzles, created from amazing graphics of ancient Egypt. Break apart the puzzle and have some fun by shaking your device and then sliding the pieces back into place to complete the puzzle - it’s not as easy as it looks!
•Scramble images of ancient Egypt in The Magic Square game by shaking your device. Challenge yourself by re-arranging the squares to unscramble the image.
•Brush off - brush the layers to reveal images of ancient Egypt and then try to guess what it is – how many can you answer correctly?
•Test your knowledge on ancient Egypt with the Quiz feature - how much have you learned? But hurry: you must answer quickly as the quiz is timed!
•Test your memory with the popular Memory Match game and match up the pairs!
•You can also Tweet your answers or post a link to Facebook.
Why not take your exploration into ancient Egypt a step further and link to Britannica’s online services – Britannica Online for Kids or Britannica Online – to continue your discoveries.
Try it today!
- Fixed issue running on iPod Touch
Ratings and Reviews
This encyclopedia is too basic; for $4.99, I would expect more information and less games. Another problem is that it lacks a search option. It would be useful if appropriate age or class ranges were included with the app description. In my opinion, this app is only useful for students up to fourth grade. There was very little information in here of use to my middle schooler. I feel like I wasted $5.
Limited contents, poor programming
Got this and the dinosaurs one for my 4 y/o. She loves the memory cards section, but the puzzles part is highly impractical (cannot move the pieces out of the way to start assembling the picture, pieces can get stuck behind the picture as it is being assembles, ...) for a 4 y/o, and as a programmer myself I cannot fathom what the guy who programmed it had in mind other than wanting to expedite a chore.
For a 4 y/o, this app definitely has more contents than the dino, which has a really limited number of pictures. I am sure that an older kid who can read would make better use of the narratives.
Considering this is also supposedly targeted at kids, I find outrageous not to provide some locking mechanism for the 'shop' section (other companies selling kid apps out there have made the effort to provide something like that when they offered in app purchases, which has gone a long way in my decision to acquire them for my daughter).
Altogether a very disappointing purchase, especially considering britannica is associating its name with the series, which I do not recommend for young kids. I cannot give it a single star as the contents, even if limited, remains high quality.
PS: Considering these apps seem to share a common framework, fixing the puzzles section will be done once and benefit the entire series. I will keep an eye for updates.
We bought Ancient Egypt and Encyclopedia Britannica's Volcanoes. The kids love playing the games that come with both ... and the great thing is that they're learning a lot at the same time. Good stuff!
- Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
- 236.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2014 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. App Engine 2014 Concentric Sky, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.