"Create a series of popular social studies apps for kids and adults that combine factual quizzes with physics game-play. Offer 70% of the content in free versions and charge just $.99 for the complete apps," said no successful business plan ever except that of our well-deserving recipient of the first-ever S. Jo. Award for Lifetime Achievement in iOS. Congratulations go to . . . Dan Russell-Pinson.
You make pick up your statuette in the green room and please keep your acceptance speech to three minutes or less.
If you don't have at least one app by this developer, then as Ron would say, "we haven't been doing our jobs." The Lite versions of Stack the States™, Stack the Countries™, and Presidents vs. Aliens™ are long-time members of the Top 100 Free Apps lists. They are fun, informative and appealing to almost all school-age kids. Mathmateer™ and Monster Physics™ get less buzz but they are just as good as the stacking apps.
Imitation is called the sincerest form of flattery so it stands to reason that there are many copycats. I described Presidents THUD as Stack the Presidents and there are many others that try to duplicate the model of Mr. Russell-Pinson. Do yourself a favor and get one or more of these apps today. Five Star apps are hard to come by around here and Five Star developers even harder.
Descriptions in italics from iTunes or developer website:
Stack the States™ makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.You earn a random state for every successfully completed level. All of your states appear on your own personalized map of the United States. Try to collect all 50! As you earn more states, you begin to unlock the four free bonus games: Map It, Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop. Four games in one!
Monster Physics™: Play with physics! Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more! Once your invention is complete, Monster Physics™ will render it with its built-in physics engine and let you actually operate your creation in real time. Drive your car, operate your crane, guide your rocket into space or fly your helicopter! The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Presidents vs. Aliens™: Have fun while learning about the presidents! As you learn presidential facts, quotes, nicknames and historical events, you can use your knowledge to help the presidents defeat the aliens. Fling the presidents at the aliens to knock them all down. Use the many special objects and "Executive Powers" to increase the fun!
Stack the Countries™: Stack the Countries™ makes learning about the world fun! Watch the countries actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn country capitals, landmarks, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated countries anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of countries that reaches the checkered line to win each level.
Mathmateer (formerly Rocket Math): Build your very own rockets and fly them to the stars! While your rocket is floating weightlessly in space, the real fun begins! Play one of the 56 different math missions. Each mission has touchable objects floating in space, including stars, coins, clocks, 3D shapes and even pizzas! Earn a bronze, silver or gold medal and also try to beat your high score. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots.