Blue Apprentice uses an adventure game to teach elementary kids scientific knowledge. The player controls a young blue kid who has been stranded alone on an unknown planet. Through the course of an adventure through space, the player will learn about scientific principles such as the periodic table, engineering, and physical science.
There is also an element of choose your own adventure style play. Every so often, the player gets the chance to select how their character responds to other characters. This (and other aspects of the game) require the player to read or have the help of an older player to do the reading for them.
This game offers one lesson/chapter for free and then requires the player to purchase either a quarterly or yearly subscription. There are in-app ads and purchases available. The ESRB rated Blue Apprentice E for Everyone, although the target audience age is 9 through 12. LW4K agrees with the rating and target audience.
Blue Apprentice helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
While Blue Apprentice isn't a game where dropping focus causes the player to run off the edge of a path, focus is still very important. Some elements of the story are automated. That means that if the player isn't paying attention to what the characters are saying, he or she may miss out on important directions. Focus also allows the player to better retain information that may be used multiple times in the game.
Tasks given during chapter one tend to be short (think along the lines of collect five snowballs). This means that the player has a chance to practice short-term focus. However, these tasks were also part of one larger, longer task. There was also a lot of talking and instructing in between each small task. This means that the player also gets the chance to practice their long-term focus.
Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
This game has lots of tasks for the player to complete. Because of this the player has lots of opportunities to practice following directions. But this game is, first and foremost, an educational game. They are teaching the player all different types of scientific principles. They even have short quizzes at the end of chapters to test the player's understanding. This means that the player is also expected to be using their working memory and improving or minimizing their forgetfulness as they play.
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