The iPhone goes a long way to show that getting a good education doesn’t have to be boring. Hands-on technology can enhance learning for anyone, young or old. World Countries, developed by ADS Software, is an educational application that helps make study a little more enjoyable. Whether you are a student, a lover of knowledge, or just a trivia junkie, World Countries brings global geography to your pocket.
World Countries is very easy to navigate with a user friendly interface. The abundance of information provided in this app is sorted into several categories: Atlas, Fact Book, Flags, About, and Quiz – accessible by tapping on the relevant icon on the main screen.
The Atlas allows you to scroll through numerous maps of continents and countries. These maps are small, and get a little fuzzy when you zoom into them. The developer has improved the map resolution in the upcoming update of this app. The Fact Book contains an alphabetical list of countries, allowing the user to browse, and a search feature. Each country listed is accompanied by the flag and the name of the capital city. Tapping on a given country reveals additional information about that country’s government, people, economy, etc. The Fact Book switches to a flash-card format when turned to a landscape view.
Each county has a Wikipedia introduction page which features all of the country’s pertinent statistics. The Flags category includes two flag games and an alphabetical catalog of over 200 flags from all world countries. As a final test of your newly acquired knowledge, the Quiz category features 4 multiple-choice games that test users about world capitals, flags, locations, or a mix of all three. This feature makes learning geography fun. There is also a Region feature in the main menu where the user can select one of 6 world regions (choices are America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania). I assumed that it would narrow down the available information to only countries in the selected region, but this does not happen. In this version, there are no instructions in the app for how this feature is to be used, so I am not yet sure of the intended purpose of this feature.
World Countries packs in a lot of information for the small price tag. I think there are some improvements that could be made, but the developer has promised to address some of these issues in future updates. World Countries is a quality app – a good choice for students or anyone with an interest in geography and the world around them.
World Countries requires the iPhone OS 2.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch