Stack the Countries is the follow-up to the absolutely wonderful Stack the States app. Stack the States is an inventive and original educational app that makes learning United States geography fun and Stack the Countries takes the idea and applies it to world geography. Throw in a few new twists and you’ve got yourself another fantastic resource for elementary and middle school age children.
Stack the Countries asks you geography questions about countries around the world. You might be asked to identify a country by it’s shape, or which country it borders, it’s flag or capital city. That’s just a sampling of the type of questions that you might be given. Now, when you answer a question correctly you’re given the country that you answered the question about. You must take the country and drop it onto a platform that sits at bottom of the screen. Each question you answer correctly earns you another country to place on the platform. A line sits above the platform and your goal is to stack the countries high enough to reach the line. The countries can be rotated and moved to the right or left side of the platform. Since the countries are true to their real geographical shape a country with a bumpy border won’t stack nicely on a country that is made up of islands. You’ll want to think carefully about how you rotate and position your countries before you drop them.
Stack the Countries includes a “Learn” section that lets you brush up on your geography before you play the game. You can learn about the country’s location and view flashcards detailing capitals, flags, languages, major cities and more. This is a very good place to start if you’re like me and it’s been a good long while since you’ve brushed up on your world geography. One of the options that I was relieved to see is a setting which allows you to choose whether you want to answer questions about the entire world’s geography or one specific continent at a time. This makes the app accessible to younger players as well older ones.
I’m a big believer in both Stack the States and Stack the Countries. I’ve seen them make geography fun for my own children and these are apps that I enjoy using myself. Stack the Countries is worth every penny and this is an educational purchase that you absolutely will not regret.
I had the chance to interview Dan Russell-Pinson, the developer of Stack the Countries. To learn more about the back story behind the apps, and more, be sure to take a look!
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Seller: Dan Russell-Pinson
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.