Coin Catcher by PlayMoolah (clever name!) turns learning about money into a game. When they use the app children will tilt the iPad to help a Coin Catcher catch money as it falls from the sky. As they are doing this they’ll be learning about the different types of coins and their values. The app has 50 levels and instruction about money is woven into the game. As the Coin Catcher collects coins the amount in his basket is reflected on the screen. Children will be able to correlate the number of coins they’re catching with a monetary amount. For example, if they’re told that they need to collect 30 cents they’ll discover that catching 5 nickels will get them to their goal.
Coin Catcher has two game modes – Story Mode and Coin Rush. Story Mode follows the Coin Catcher as he collects coins in a quest to save a princess. It is here that players will find the 50 levels. In addition to the falling coins there will be obstacles to avoid and bonuses to catch for extra points and protection. The Coin Rush is a timed mode where players have thirty seconds to catch as many coins as they can. The amount of money they collect becomes their high score which they will try to beat the next time they play.
I do hope that the app becomes universal at some point because I think it would work well on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The screen would be smaller but the act of tilting to catch the coins would seem to be a good fit for those devices. I found Coin Catcher to be a very clever way to teach money to children. My children always appreciate an engaging educational game and I like the way the app combines the concept of money with the act of having children physically move the iPad to collect it.
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.