Choose any of the 50 friendly-looking states as your avatar
Create up to six player profiles
Collect all 50 states and track your progress on a personalized map
Earn FREE bonus games: Map It, Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop
High resolution pictures of famous US landmarks
All games are powered by a realistic physics engine
Fun sound effects and music
- Voted Best Educational Game App - iEAR.org - "Stack the States is a must have." - The iKids Blog - "If you have children who are elementary school aged this is a fantastic educational app that’s also a hoot." - The iPhone Mom.com
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!
HAVE FUN LEARNING ALL ABOUT THE 50 STATES: - Capitals - State shapes - Abbreviations - Bordering states - Location on the map - Nicknames - Flags ...and more!
FEATURES: - Hundreds of unique questions - Interactive map and 50 state flash cards - Choose any of the 50 friendly-looking states as your avatar - Create up to six player profiles - Collect all 50 states and track your progress on a personalized map - Earn FREE bonus games: Map It, Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop - High resolution pictures of famous US landmarks - All games are powered by a realistic physics engine - Fun sound effects and music
FIVE GAMES IN ONE:
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!
Stack the States is an educational app for all ages that's actually FUN to play. Try it now and enjoy five games for the price of one!
PRIVACY DISCLOSURE Stack the States: - Does not contain 3rd party ads. - Does not contain in-app purchases. - Does not contain integration with social networks. - Does not use 3rd party analytics / data collection tools. - Does include links to other apps by Dan Russell-Pinson.
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This app provides a truly fun, whimsical, visually stimulating way to learn the states. As a grown-up who memorized all the states' shapes and capital at a very young age, I primarily use this app for 1) to teach my kids the states/capitals/flags/landmarks and 2) to teach ME the states' flags. I never memorized the flags as a youth. We have allowed our very young boys, ages 2 and 4, to play this app because it is educational. The 4 year old has all the states memorized....all of them. The 2-year old has about 35 of the states memorized. I kid you not! A 2 year old can walk up to our wall map of the US and identify 35 of the states. I'm so happy to have this app in our lives. My older kids use it as a learning tool (3rd grader) or a refresher (5th grader). An aspect of the app that I think is exceptional, is that once you get the question correct, the state appears on the screen and you can manipulate it by rotating it 360 degrees. This is done before you drop the state onto the "stack". This feature is extremely powerful for visual learners. My boys understand how the intricate borders of the eastern states (which are often defined by rivers) match up with neighboring states solely because of the this feature. Thanks to Dan Russell-Pinson for creating this app!
EDITED TO ADD: Also, there are "bonus" games that you unlock as progress through the regular game. One is called "Map It" which has a blank US map and a state outline appears at the bottom of the screen and you must tap on its proper location. This is not terribly difficult to do for the larger western states, but for the eastern states, it can be a bit of a challenge. My 4-year-old has learned to complete "Map It" with no mistakes (if you make 3 mistakes, your game is over). All because of this great app! Another bonus game is "Puzzler". In "Puzzler" you are presented with a number of states from the same region (you get four states in "easy" mode and up to 15 or so states in "Hard" mode). The states are on the screen in jumbled manner. Your job is to connect them to each other, like a puzzle. It's an absolute phenomenal way to learn the states' relative borders to one another. Again, the 4-year-old in our home does this game and can show you exactly where the southern tip of Missouri touches Tennessee. There's one more "bonus" game whose name escapes me but you get states falling from above into a stack. Then you are prompted to "tap" a certain state (with words at the bottom of the screen). So in this big jumbled stack of states you have to find the state being asked for. Time matters, cuz if the states are stacked too high (i.e. if you aren't answering questions fast enough) the game will time you out. This is another favorite of the young-uns in our family. It requires an adult to read the state being prompted at the bottom of the screen but after a while, the pre-readers learn the patterns of the state's names and can do it on his/her own. Who knew this app would be a reading learning tool for preschoolers? I sure didn't. An unexpected surprise.
This game is repetitive. It's slow. It's not particularly engrossing.
However if you look at it as an educational tool and not a game, this app is wonderful.
The game asks questions about states and you win the state if you guess correctly. The goal of the main game is to stack the states up to a certain line. Then you win a random state.
To me, the best part is the unlocks. Every 10 levels you unlock a minigame. I was a victim of a changing curriculum in school, so I never took geography. My husband loves poking fun at my inability to locate states or name capitals. After playing the first and last minigame (the first is a map where you place the states, the last is matching states to capitals), I noticed a significant improvement. When I began the first minigame, I couldn't even get 20 states. Now I can get all of them in the correct spots in record time. I am still working on learning my state capitals, but I feel like I've come a long way.
Once I master this, I'm getting the Stack the Countries app!
Stack the States is a game where you stack US states, as the name implies. The game asks you questions based on landmarks, state abbreviations, flags, state names, boarders, capitals, and cities. All of these are multiple choice questions with no more or less than 4 boxes each with the name of the state and the state itself. Answering correctly will allow you to use the state. Drag and rotate it, and drop it when ready. Answering incorrectly clears all the false choices and centers the correct one. The state inside that box will tell you its name and say its city, landmark, etc (I am Florida, and Tallahassee is my capital).
Keep stacking until they reach the checkered finish line, and try to keep them balanced. The line starts low, but will move up the more you play. If you answer enough correctly when you finish, you get a random state to add to an outline of the US.
There are also flash cards you can view and bonus unlockable game modes to help you memorize the answers. The bonus games are unlocked when you gain a certain amount of states.
Map It shows you an outline of th US, and your job is to fill in the states. You are given a random state to place by tapping anywhere you think it goes. Tap the wrong place, and it will show you where it goes and then give you another. Misplace three times, and it's game over.
Pile Up (I don't remember what it is called) drops states automatically and tells you the nane of a state currently on the screen. Tap the right one to remove it. If you tap the wrong one, the correct answer will flash briefly. Clear all of them before they stack too high! There are three difficulties for this game.
Puzzler (don't remember this name either) gives you a random region's states (Northeast, midwest, etc). You have to put them together like puzzle pieces. This is great for remembering boarders, and my personal favorite bonus game.
Capital Drop drops states and boxes containing capital names on a conveyor belt. Match the capitals with the correct state to remove them, and don't let them fall off.
My personal opinion: Stack the States is a very fun and beneficial game for all ages. I remembered almost everything I learned from this game, and it helps with my school. However, it can be a little frustrating at times, and if you accidentally drop states too close inside of each other, they'll get stuck and wobble and slide which can potentially ruin everything. Frustration can't really be helped, I guess, so it's not a major flaw. States rarely get stuck (unless you're trying to) and normally move themselves out of the way if they aren't extremely close to the center of a state. I recommend you give this a try if you have trouble remembering some facts on the states or just want to learn more and retain knowledge. There's also another version that teaches about countries all around the world called Stack the Countries, which I will review some other time.
No malware at all in this app or its other version!
Bei Stack the States handelt es sich um ein –nicht unbedingt einfaches, aber für Amerika- und Geografie-Interessierte sehr kurzweiliges– Lernspiel, bei dem man Fragen zu den US-Bundesstaaten beantworten muss. Das Spiel lässt sich übrigens nur auf Englisch spielen. Beantwortet man eine Frage richtig, darf man den jeweiligen Bundesstaat zum Stapel (stack) auf dem Bildschirm hinzufügen. Eine Spielrunde läuft so lange, bis der Stapel eine bestimmte Höhe erreicht hat. Auch dies ist nicht ohne, da die Umrisse der meisten Staaten sehr unregelmäßig sind und die recht gute Physik-Engine des Spiels wacklige Konstruktionen gerne immer wieder mal einstürzen lässt...
Außerdem finde ich gut, dass die Proportionen der einzelnen Staaten korrekt wiedergegeben werden, d.h. mit Alaska oder Texas hat man in der Regel bereits mehr als die halbe Miete der Stapelhöhe erreicht, während Staaten wie Vermont oder Massachussetts kaum ins Gewicht fallen. Auf diese Weise lernt man die Größenverhältnisse der Bundesstaaten untereinander auf spielerische Art kennen.
Beim erfolgreichen Abschluss einer Runde schaltet man jeweils einen weiteren Staat auf der Übersichtskarte frei, und nach jeweils 10, 20 etc. freigeschalteten Staaten werden zusätzliche Spielmodi freigegeben, was zum Weiterspielen motiviert.
Die Fragen zu den Staaten selbst kommen u.a. aus folgenden Kategorien: # Umrisse – Um welchen Staat handelt es sich? Besonders schwer angesichts der vielen rechteckigen Bundesstaaten... # Flaggen – Zu welchem Staat gehört diese Flagge? # Hauptstädte bzw. Städte allgemein # Sehenswürdigkeiten # Slogans à la 'Welcher Staat ist als Sunshine State bekannt?'
Die App ist sehr liebevoll gestaltet, die gestapelten Staaten haben beispielsweise animierte Kulleraugen und schauen ängstlich drein, wenn der Stapel kurz davor ist, in sich zusammenzufallen. Ich spiele Stack the States sehr gern und kann es jedem nur wärmstens ans Herz legen, der sich für die USA interessiert und keine Angst vor der englischen Sprache hat.
Obwohl ich mich nicht für ungebildet halte, weiß ich lange nicht alle Fakten über die Staaten, zu denen Fragen im Spiel gestellt werden. Man kann also durchaus das persönliche Wissen über die Vereinigten Staaten hiermit spielerisch verbessern. Es ist nett für zwischendurch, etwa beim Warten auf öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. Dass die Spielsprache Englisch ist, passt zum Setting. Es eignet sich damit eventuell auch für Kinder, welche die weiterführende Schule besuchen.
Very addictive game. Shows the lack of knowledge on the United States of America. We might know the big states of California & Texas but where the smaller states are is tricky to say the least. By playing this I guarantee your knowledge of American States will improve and you can have a laugh with stacking them at the same time.
Die App selbst ist spitze um gewisse Sachen über einzelne Staaten der USA zu lernen. Ich muss allerdings dazu sagen: Gutes Englisch ist Voraussetzung, weil ich vermute, dass die App sogar für Schüler aus den Vereinigten Staaten gedacht ist.