Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game
By Xylem and Phloem LLC
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**"Unlike many of the apps labeled “Education” on iTunes, Isopod is one app that truly delivers for that category." engagetheirminds.wordpress.com
**Teachers and parents of kids in third or fourth grade will love this app. 4 out of 5 stars. PadGadget.com
**CYBILS Literary Award nominee, 2012
Xylem and Phloem LLC, is proud to announce "Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game" for the iPad. This truly unique app is best described as an integrated synthesis between arcade-quality gameplay and scientific encyclopedia, with the intention of inspiring a fascination with insects and their relationship to a variety of life science subjects.
Playing the game is instant access to fun: The Isopod rolls up into ball and is then controlled by accelerometer-based "tilt-physics" that transforms the iPad into a game controller. As the user rolls and bumps their way through levels, new environments filled with indigenous creatures appear. Every interactive element has its own set of topic pages, and new topics open as the player succeeds in gameplay.
Explore photos, links and much more in the Isopod Learning Center, featuring 24 scientific topics, with a deep focus on the interconnected world of entomology and ecosystems. Also covered are topics such as bioluminescence, mycology, camouflage and more. The topics covered are authored by a variety of professionals, entomologists, researchers, biologists, teachers as well as Xylem and Phloem LLC staff.
Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game features 24 photo-realistic, interactive creatures inhabiting their natural environments from other locations around the world.
The game also comes in a "Teacher's Version", where all topic pages and levels are completely unlocked for immediate access to all materials.
For even more in-depth study, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game has its own Pinterest board covering all topics in the game, featuring videos, website links and gorgeous photographs from professional sources around the world.
And as an additional educational feature, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game for iPad offers a nearly 60 page printable curriculum pdf, available for FREE download. Created by teachers, this curriculum pack includes crossword puzzles, matching tests, beautiful art, and many other hands-on activity worksheets, all directly tied in to the content found on Isopod.
Isopod is truly unique, first of its kind game application, that kids will absolutely love, and parents can feel good about.
Env1: Beetles will come to you if you can stay in one general area. Bumping the blue butterfly means you can go anywhere quickly without a problem but make sure you are not behind an ant line when the power runs out.
Env 2: Follow the yellow butterfly as much as possible, bump whenever you get a chance and free as many gladiators as you can in your enlarged and invulnerable state.
Env 3: Learning to bump twice is easy enough, but when multiple katydids are on screen a good strategy is to bump each one once, and then come back and bump again later, if you can move fast enough.
Env 4: When the millipede stops, get far away...the cyanide gas has an extended reach. Also, wait until a group of 8-10 fireflies appears all at once before bumping the female glowworm power up, that way you can free a bunch at once.
What's New in Version 1.1
Minor bug fixes & updated Learning Center data.
I have a 4th grader who is on bug kick and he could not put the game down. So now we are playing with the "special feature" at the end of the game :) Using the iPad to control the pillbug's movements is a really clever idea to get kids enjoying the app, and I am personally enjoying the science education myself. The bioluminescent level is particularly spectacular. On the other hand, my six year old could not play this game at all…too hard. I did print out the downloadable part, which is free, and she is using the pictures as a coloring book…so everyone is happy, even Mom
Enlightening entertainment for parents and children
I purchased this game for my 4th grade boy. He's had so much fun playing all of the different levels.
The graphics are amazing. The educational value of Isopod is top notch. Both my son and I have learned so much.
I've never had any issues with it crashing. I restart my iPad on a regular basis, and find it usually prevents crashing issues I've encountered with other applications (not this one).
Great game...until it crashed
This had great potential as a learning tool. But when I progressed to level 3 on the Santa Cruz stage, the screen went black and it seems to have crashed. What a disappointment.