While they may not be popular vacation spots, wetlands are home to some of the most important ecological systems in the world — which produce the life systems that keep our planet in harmony and balance. If you’re like me, you learn by doing, not by reading about it. iBiome-Wetland takes doing to the next level in a friendly way, allowing kids to construct an ecological system from scratch.
Starting from your choice of either a saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh, or mangrove swamp, you add in animals one by one, making sure to match up food source to food source to create sustainability. As kids successfully add components to the biome, they earn more items to keep building. As play progresses, the complexity of the food webs progress, ensuring a progressive learning experience.
Professor Bio is your guide throughout your journey, although I find myself wondering why they couldn’t come up with a better name (like Professor Muck Boots).
For parents hoping to inspire a love of biology and ecology in their child, this app would be a good start. It’s not overly heavy on the science, but it does demonstrate the complexity of wetland ecosystems in a way that would foster further exploration in the life sciences.
iBiome-Wetland Design: A Strong Point
The design of the game is fantastic. Despite the game being geared toward elementary-aged students, older kids and even adults would have fun with this game and the imagery it presents. Parents will have fun going though the app with their kids and creating Biomes together. Overall, iBiome-Wetland receives high marks from the Forcefield editors for its educational value, design, and its clever yet approachable gameplay. It’s certainly worth the $2.99 price tag. Purchase here.