Great and unique apps are a big part of what has made the iPad such an amazing device, With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of one outstanding iPad app a week here each week.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is Stack the States, a great, fun and award-winning app for learning the US states.
This is one of the best and most fun educational games for the iPad that I’ve seen. My 5th grade daughter and I are both long-time fans of Stack the States. Here’s a little intro to how the game works:
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!
The game has an impressive range of questions – covering state capitals,shapes of the states, bordering states, state flags, nicknames of states, and lots more.
It’s also full of nice touches that help to keep kids engaged – from choosing a state as your avatar to game elements like dropping states into the right position to keep them piling up high enough to move to the next level. As you move up the levels there are also more game variants on offer.
STACK THE STATES: Build tall piles with states and try to reach the checkered line.
MAP IT: Tap the location of the selected state on the map. Try to complete the whole country.
PILE UP: The states are piling up! Tap them quickly to get rid of them before they pile too high.
PUZZLER: Sit back and relax as you slide the states around and put them together like a jigsaw puzzle.
CAPITAL DROP: Match states with their capitals in this fast-paced bonus game. Don’t let a state fall!
One more detail I like about the game is that it’s a rare kids-focused game that doesn’t include any In-App purchase items.
Here’s an App Store link for Stack the States; it’s priced at $0.99 and is a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our free app selections in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Appslist.