App Review

Trainyard

Stump students with innovative train-routing puzzler

  • Kids must route trains around obstacles in “U-Turn” puzzle worth one star.

  • “Hourglass” puzzle requires kids to merge tracks and combine colors (red and yellow trains merge and head to orange station).

  • Eight green and ten purple trains must avoid obstacles and branch tracks to find matching stations.

Review
Pros: Real-world concepts are presented along with nicely integrated tutorials.
Cons: Fine motor requirements are sometimes too tricky, and some gameplay concepts take a while to grasp.
Bottom Line: Superb combination of logic, real-world learning, and train play.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
Trainyard is an innovative puzzle game with clean, attractive graphics and a well-designed interface. The game is simple enough that a young child could play the easier levels, but the more advanced levels will challenge puzzle-loving adults.
Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

Kids can learn real railway concepts like switching track, train car merging, crossovers, and collisions. Geometrical concepts like symmetry and asymmetry, timing and color mixing make for a concept-packed experience.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4
Top-notch tutorials walk kids through each skill. The app does require a high level of fine motor skills, which may exclude some younger kids. The game can be adapted for color-blind players. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center.

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Gary S. Webster City Middle School Webster City, IA
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