Basically it’s a games-as-a-service container that uses a unified rewards funnel to keep kids interested – sort of like a loot-grinder that requires the completion of reading, math, and science skills instead of violent combat encounters.
I tend to shy away from online-based learning games aimed at children, but in this case the developer’s pedigree is such that I felt it warranted a full review. So I’ve spent the past few weeks checking out Adventure Academy, and I’m exceedingly glad I did.
First off, disclaimer: I don’t have kids aged 8-13. My toddler’s not quite three and this game is too advanced for him to get much out of. Don’t get me wrong, he loves watching the videos and he gets some of the core concepts of the activities, but this game is directed towards kids who already have basic reading and math skills.
For your younger ones, I highly recommend ABCMouse Early Learning Academy. Not only is it an excellent game (review here) but the skills kids learn with it will directly translate to Adventure Academy once they’re old enough.
Let’s dive in
Adventure Academy is a subscription-based game. You’ll pay $9.99 monthly for an account. That might sound a bit hefty (a few more bucks and you’d have a Neflix subscription) but considering what you’re getting it might seem like a bargain.</p>
<spa< span=””>n>The game has hundreds of activities broken down into:</spa<>
- Music Videos
Each section contains dozens of activities across the subjects of Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Science and Health, and Social Studies. When players complete an activity – whether by solving a puzzle, reading a book, or watching a video – they’ll earn experience. These points can be used to unlock tons of customization awards.
It works a lot like the tickets that some arcade games spit out, once you collect enough experience points you can spend them on items for your avatar, your avatar’s house, and other enhancements.
My toddler absolutely adored the “My Room” feature in n>ABCMouse Early Learning Academy, and here the customization is done to even greater effect. Even better, kids aged 8-13 will almost certainly enjoy showing off their accomplishments to other players – fellow kids – online.
Playing the game
Your subscription gets you more than just a bunch of bundled games and activities. Thanks to the server-connected nature of this game, Age of Learning can add new experiences to the game whenever it wants to. Best of all, despite the fact this is an MMO, your kids will play the individual games by themselves. The interaction with other players takes place in the game’s over world – which is basically a Hogwart’s-style experience without the magic and witchery.
When your kid isn’t engaging with the myriad activities available, they can traverse the games semi-open world at will by dragging their fingers on their screens (iOS or Android) or using the keyboard and mouse (PC/Mac). Control is tight and nuanced, young kids shouldn’t have a problem getting around in the game.