Developer: Mundue LLC
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
A learning-based app from Mundue, inFact USA is a quiz game that tests your knowledge of all things America. From state capitals, flags, flowers, and birds to the location of landforms and universities, famous people, and state nicknames, inFact USA covers a broad range of US fact topics. Delivered in a method more similar to word association than actual questions, there is a relatively broad window of opportunity for users to expand their knowledge of the US.
The main menu of inFact USA features a “how to play” button that provides directions and game rules. With two modes of play, you can turn the scoring option on or off and either play a timed scoring mode or simply progress through the facts indefinitely in learning mode. The “settings” menu allows you to set the skill level to easy, hard, or both, and to select or deselect categories to be quizzed on. This particular feature is nice if you want to quiz your kids (or yourself) on state capitals or the location of major landforms only.
With inFact USA if you are playing in scoring mode, you are allowed only one wrong answer per round or you lose a life. The quiz will continue until the three lives you started with are used. The more categories you choose to include, the faster the facts will generate. With each fact, a symbol representing the category will appear along with a word or picture. Three possible answers are given, with only one correct answer, to choose from. For example, in the state capital category, the word “Kansas” appears with a star at the top indicating your category. The cities Leavenworth, Overland Park, and Topeka appear as choices below. Tapping on Topeka, you score a correct answer and then tap “next” for the next fact.
The user interface of inFact USA is simple, making it appropriate for a wide range of users, and most categories are pretty straightforward. There are a few categories, such as people, where the association becomes a bit more ambiguous, but overall, the simple associations will eventually be drilled into your head through repeats until you actually learn something — that is if you play it long enough and often enough.
The learning premise behind inFact is a solid one. There’s also an inFact World that expands to facts beyond the US in the same format. It should be noted though, that inFact is not “edutainment,” even though it touts itself as a game. It is merely a repetitive drill of association, and while it does offer learning potential, it is not particularly engaging if you’re not in the mood to learn. Overall, inFact USA is a handy way to drill kids on their geography skills and a good mental exercise for adults.