Thursday, August 29, 2013

Make Learning About the Past Fun with the New History Hero App From Mind Gamez -- Review & $50 Amex #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a promo code to download this app, as well as a monetary gift card to help cover expenses to visit a museum of my choice to try out he new app History Hero, from the vendor.  However, all views are mine and mine alone.

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The World Needs a Hero

Sightseeing with your family will never be the same! Save the world, defeat the Erasers and learn about history by playing the first interactive video game to guide you through the world's most important museums, churches and historical sites.

Last weekend my husband and I took the kids to NYC for the weekend.  We haven't been back to the city since welcoming Bella in 2011, so we were excited not only to introduce them to the wonders of NYC, but also return to a place that we love.  Prior to having kids, my husband and I would take the train from Old Saybrook or New London, CT into NYC.  It was an enjoyable 2 1/2 hr. ride each way, that made for great site seeing from the windows, especially during the fall foliage season, or as a way to just sit back and unwind, and not have to worry about driving this long distance just to enjoy all that NYC has to offer.

But, when planning our recent NYC trip, I wondered if it would be better to drive or take the train in.  If we drove, we could make pit stops along the way, if the kids started acting up.  If we took the train, we may have found ourselves stressing out more, as we tried to keep them occupied and seated for the duration of the train ride.  In the end, we decided on the train ride. Not only does Savannah love trains and train rides, but we were also taking our 6 yr. old and 8 yr. old niece and nephew along for the trip, and the car would have been cramped with car seats, booster seats and overnight bags. 

While on the train, my niece and nephew kept asking what we would be doing when we arrived, as they had never been to NYC.  I wish you could have saw their faces when I told them we were going to spend the weekend taking in museums and art.  My 8 yr. old niece even said, "Boring" to me, as she slowly rolled her eyes and looked away in disappoint.  They were supposed to be on summer break, and here I was trying to expose them to learning.  What was wrong with me?

Have you ever received the same reaction from your kids when you tell them you are going to take in a history or art museum?  I bet you have!  :-)  But, even though the kids would be learning new things, as they experienced NYC for the first time, I promised them that their trip to the MoMA, Met and Museum of Natural History would be one they would never forget.  Why, you ask?  Well, you would think because these museums are amazing and a must-see attraction when visiting NYC...but, when you are trying to get little ones excited about visiting these attractions, you have to make it worth their while.  And, that we did, thanks to a fun new app, History Hero, created by Mind Gamez.  Never heard of the History Hero app?  Neither did I, until I was given the chance to review it with my family. 

Here is more about the History Hero app, along with a demo video:

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"The history of the world is at risk. The International Committee on Extraterrestrial Threats is reporting that the Erasers are closing in on museums, churches and other historical sites. Time is running out. If we don’t secure critical data about our most important historical artifacts, our history will be gone. Forever.

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The answer to this global crisis is History Hero – the first interactive video game to guide you through the world’s most important museums, churches, and historical sites. One simple download will transform a family sightseeing outing into a world-saving, alien-battling, history-learning adventure.

"Developed in consultation with top U.S. educators, History Hero brings history to life in a way that guidebooks and audio tours cannot. Kids of all ages – and their parents – take on interactive missions from the International Committee of Extraterrestrial Threats to save the world. History Hero injects excitement into family sightseeing outings by engaging young people of all ages in an entertaining and educational battle between the History Heroes and the Erasers – evil aliens who want to destroy our history to make us weaker as a planet and more vulnerable to attack.

History Hero missions are designed for three age groups – ages [4-7] (with an adult), 8-12 and teenage/adult, and are available currently in the following locations across the United States and Europe...
  • Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum of Natural History
  • New York: MoMA, Met and Museum of Natural History and Central Park
  • Washington DC: Mall and Monuments, National Air & Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Castle
  • London: British Museum, Museum of Natural History, National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tower of London
  • Paris: Notre Dame, Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Versailles and Fontainebleau
  • Rome: Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica

So, how does this app work?: 

Players start off by choosing a hero -- like Atlas Mapp and Ally Blast  to play as. 

Image of hero Atlas MappImage of hero Ally N. Blast
Then, the fun begins as they embark on a mission to save history, defeat the Erasers and earn points by:

This is what you would see if you chose the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

•Following clues to find the most important artifacts at the site;
•Answering challenging questions about the artifacts;
•Taking photos of the artifacts to preserve them for history;
•Learning age-appropriate, interesting facts about the artifacts which are recorded on a “secure hard drive” for preservation;
•Unlocking awesome celebrations by the History Heroes; and
•Winning the coveted History Hero Medal of Honor.

Within a few minutes of arriving at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, I went from being a boring aunt, to a cool aunt, as the kids were getting into the fun History Hero app.  Even Savannah, who is only 3 yrs. old, loved looking on as her cousins would read clues, find and answer questions about artifacts they find along the way, and take photos to preserve these artifacts, in order to advance through the mission, in hopes to ultimately "save the world" from the alien threats.  While my husband were more excited to be walking through a history or art museum compared to a children's one, we, too, were getting into the History Hero app, just by seeing the kids so excited and eager to find more and more artifacts.  And, once we had successful completed the missions available in NYC, the kids couldn't stop talking about this fun, educational app, or what they saw and learned during their weekend in NYC, as we travelled by train back home to CT.  I would have thought they would ask if we could go back to NYC in the winter to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree, but instead, they wanted to go back to try out the History Hero app again, as it was "out of this world fun" as my nephew put it! :-)

The app itself was easy to download and navigate through.  My 8 year old niece took control of our iPad, as we walked through the museums completing our History Hero missions. 

I can't wait until new museums are added to the mission list, including Boston.  Being from Boston, and living closer to Boston than NYC, missions to popular Massachusetts based museums would be great for my family to take in on weekends.

-- Download the History Hero App Now --

This app is available through the iTunes store as a FREE download.  The missions for each individual museum are only $4.99. Click here to learn more about the History Hero App, and to download it today --

Note the following requirements before downloading this app: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


Want to try out this cool new educational History Hero app with your family?  Then, enter my giveaway to win a $50 American Express gift card and a $10 iTunes gift card from the creators of History Hero, along with a FREE Code to download this new app to your mobile device!  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway ends 9/17/13 @12AM EST.
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Disclosure: I was given a promo code to download this app, as well as a monetary gift card to help cover expenses to visit a museum of my choice to try out he new app History Hero, from the vendor.  However, all views are mine and mine alone.

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