Mankind has always had a fascination with space and interstellar travels. Nowadays, thanks to the advancement of technology, you can take a trip to the stars without ever leaving the comfort of your home. Cosmolander - Missions in the Solar System is a new interactive app that helps you do just that.
Discover the Planets and Complete Scientific Missions
Developed by Marshmallow Games, Cosmolander takes kids on an educational journey through the Solar System. The app offers a treasury of information about the eight planets that revolve around the Sun, plus fun quizzes that let kids explore their newfound knowledge. It's designed for kids ages six and up, but can also be enjoyed by the whole family.
When kids start the app, they will see a flat view of the Solar System with the sun and all the planets lined up in a row. They can press the Play button on the bottom right to watch the planets move in their respective orbits, and zoom it or zoom out for a better look. They can also tap on each planet to learn more about it.
Once they have selected a planet, they can Explore that planet or perform a Mission. The Explore section has four sub-sections that cover various topics, such as the planet's structure, size, climate, satellites, orbital period, and more. Each sub-section is accompanied by a diagram or animation for clarity.
In the Mission section, kids complete a quiz within the time limit to accomplish a unique mission. For example, one mission tasks them to bring water to Neptune in exchange for diamonds. The quiz consists of multiple choice questions. If kids make an incorrect choice, the correct answer is revealed so they can learn from their mistake.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that English narration is available in most parts of Cosmolander, but not all. Kids will need to read by themselves the parts that are not narrated, or have someone else read it for them.
The app has no in-app purchases or third-party advertising. It has a gated parents' area that contains information about the app and its developer. It's available for iPhone and iPad, and also compatible with the new Apple TV. If you like the look-and-feel of the app, consider downloading the free Space stickers for iMessage.
Things I Like
Cosmolander is a well-made app. The graphics are gorgeous, the animations are funny, and the text is nicely laid out (albeit a bit small on my iPad mini). It's also simple and easy to use.
The app offers a good amount of information for space-loving kids. There is just enough trivia to keep them curious, but not too much to bore them out of their wits. The missions also make for an attractive reward after learning.
For suggestions, I feel that it would be better if the quiz consists of randomly generated questions. Not only would it truly test the child's knowledge, it would also extend the app's shelf life. Stickers and badges to celebrate accomplishments—for example, conquering Mercury—would also be nice.
I recommend Cosmolander for kids (and adults) who are eager to learn more about outer space. It's well made and packed with lots of interesting facts to discover and study. Kids will also enjoy taking quizzes to complete fun missions.
App was provided for our honest review.