Airside Andy: One Boy’s Review (and his Mum)
It is amazing how, when I have a deadline, or am in heated debate on social media, my son will happily sit on my iPad for hours watching TV shows or playing video games that have a creative edge, only breaking to tell me the iPad has run out of batteries. So when Airside Andy with its STEM angle came to my attention, I stopped to take a closer look and was surprisingly, impressed.
Airside Andy is a great game for all children age 4-8, but particularly so for little boys. It is social, it is action-packed, you move, explore and solve problems … the best part, you make friends online! Yes, I did write they make friends online and when I first read this part of the game I was horrified. It was only after closer examination did I discover how ingenious the social aspect is: children interact with scripted greetings and responses. They unable to make any “real” connections with anyone on the game; they are unable to give any unique or impromptu information, they communicate by pressing different buttons with script already written on them.
I do have to hand it to Airside Andy, nothing has motivated my son to read like this game (and I could see lots of potential for the planned social learning games spinning off from this platform). More importantly, the social application of maths, science and problem solving; the big things our kids are going to have to do when they grow up, make the game incredibly unique and not so terrifying when they spend 45 minutes on it.
From a style and function angle, Airside Andy is unique in that it was designed for iPads and tablets so the movements and tracking flow beautifully from little fingers. Airside Andy is a perfectly safe massively multiplayer online game (MMO) and is free to play. There are in-app purchases that are not too expensive, but help to perpetuate the fun and learning.
Be sure to take a look at Airside Andy, it is a very handy game to have loaded on the iPad for when you need a 20+ minute break from the kids to work, relax, ring the GP, schedule the dentist, negotiate the swimming lessons, order the PE kit … and know the kids are working on STEM.
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