Welcome to Monster Physics, the newest app from Dan Russell-Pinson, developer of Stack the States and Presidents vs. Aliens. Dan’s made Geography and learning about the President of the United States fun and addicting so what has he done for physics? He’s used monsters to add a little bit of zany to an app that teaches basic concepts of physics and lets children interact with those concepts in realistic ways. Children build their own inventions and then use those inventions to help monsters solve puzzles. The app is smart, clever, challenging and wonderful for older children. My own kids are addicted to it already.
Players will find three sections to Monster Physics. In the Learn section children can read about, and see examples of common physics terms like gravity, friction, speed & velocity and resistance. The meat of the app comes in the Missions and Build sections. In Missions children are given a task, something that they must do with their monster. It might be to move him from one side of the screen to the other. Or to attach him to a propeller. Those are easy examples, there will be some sort of a challenge that they need to solve in order to move on. The first missions are actually part of a tutorial so players are walked through the different parts and actions they can use when building their inventions. I found the tutorial levels to be extremely helpful. After finishing the tutorial levels you move on to the Training missions. These are slightly more difficult but still simple. After that players move through beginner, advanced and challenge missions. When building their inventions they’ll have a variety of different parts available. There are shapes, connectors and special parts. These can be sized, rotated, layered, flipped and colored. Different parts are best for doing different things and this is where the tutorial missions were so handy. They did a nice job teaching how it all works.
The last section in the app is Build. This is where players can create their very own inventions. They’ll have access to all of the sixty-eight different parts that are available in the Mission levels and they can use their creativity to create whatever they like. I found that I needed to go through the missions first to get the hang of what the different parts did before I tried to build my own invention. My children picked things up much quicker. It’s been fun to see what my 7 1/2 year old son has built on his own. He’s got a knack for putting the different parts together and has really taken to this app
Monster Physics supports up to six different player profiles and it’s a universal app so it looks fantastic on both the iPhone and the iPad. We’ve played it on both devices. This app has been terrific and I’m impressed with the way it’s teaching physics through a hands on approach. My children are learning how things interact with and react to each other as they complete the various missions. I’d recommend Monster Physics for older children in Elementary School. I think younger ones will get frustrated by the complexity of the concepts and challenges.
I highly recommend all of Dan’s apps and was very excited to get his email about this newest release. He has a knack for taking two things that you wouldn’t normally associate together and combining them for a fun, educational app that hits the mark with kids. Good, entertaining, educational apps for older children can be tough to find but I don’t think you can go wrong with anything that has Dan’s name on it. Now I’m wondering what he’s going to come up with next!
A free, lite version of Monster Physics is available if you’d like to try the app with limited content.
*Update 5/30 – Dan has sent me FOUR promo codes for Monster Physics! Leave a comment below if you’d like to enter for the app. My son was playing it tonight when he should have been sleeping, caught him at it when I went to see why his bedroom light was still on. Can I really get upset when he’s playing a game that requires him to think, solve puzzles AND has him completely hooked? Don’t think so! Winners will be chosen on Friday night. **Contest now closed – thanks for your support!
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 3.2 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Seller: Dan Russell-Pinson
Disclosure: I received a copy of this app for review purposes.