Category: Education Seller:Vito Technology Requirements: iOS 3.1 or later Compatibility: Universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad File Size: 99.2MB Version Reviewed: 2.4.1 Price: $2.99 Age Rating: 4+
Like the best afternoon of Wikipedia diving, Geo Walk presents endless possibilities for trivia exploration. What makes Geo Walk unique, however, is the engaging layout, with a faux-steampunk aesthetic pervading most of the app. Information is presented in geo-specific cards, so using the globe allows you to spin around the earth and explore interesting facts about anything from animals to places to major world events. A card carousel is also available, which lets you flip through a selection of cards and explore at will. All cards are presented with a choice of sharing options, a favorites capability, and the ability to jump straight to the Wikipedia article of the current topic; more card packs are available as in-app purchases ($0.99 each) if you run out of new facts.
Undoubtedly, the best feature of the app is the quiz module, which presents you with a selection of questions and six possible answer cards. Although it feels great to get the right answer, it is just as much fun to tap through the various choices and learn about the other options presented. The quiz module does not provide options for sharing, but there are links to the information source—it is not unusual to find yourself reading a Wikipedia article and stop to wonder, “Hey? Whatever happened to that quiz I was taking?”
Coming from the same developers who brought us the (pun intended) stellar Star Walk app, it is not surprising Geo Walk is also a sure choice for dedicated knowledge and trivia junkies. Not a comprehensive source of information, Geo Walk is instead a fun and engaging fact book, complete with a surprisingly addictive quiz mode. In the right circumstances, the trivia quizzes can even be a lively multiplayer game (if you still have a secret desire to watch and/or fond memories of the Magic School Bus, Geo Walk will be right up your alley).
For kids, the slick interface and fun of circling the globe to explore masks the fact that they are learning; the real challenge will be keeping adults away from the app long enough to let the kids play with it!