October. 2012: Xylem and Phloem LLC is proud to announce Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game, for the iPad. While many insect games exist urging the player to squash and kill every creature in site, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game requires the player to do just the opposite. In fact, it actually teaches about protection of biodiversity as you save endangered insects and other notabley facinating arthropods.
The game uses these creepy crawly critters as a starting point to explain a very big concept: Biodiversity is a simple measurement by which we can evaluate the health of our planet. While the idea is certainly not new, creating a fast-paced, tilt-physics controlled game experience on the iPad most definitely is, and Isopod is being received with rave reviews.
Isopod is a deeply integrated synthesis between arcade quality gameplay and scientific encyclopedia, with the intention of inspiring a fascination with insects and their relationship to a variety of life science subjects. Designed for gamers and learners ages 10 to 110, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game for iPad explores 24 scientific topics, with a deep focus on the world of entomology, biodiversity and insect ecology. Also covered are topics such as bioluminescence, mycology, camouflage and more.
The topics covered are authored by a variety of professionals, entomologists, researchers, biologists, teachers as well as Xylem and Phloem LLC staff. Playing the game is instant access to fun: The Isopod rolls up into ball and is then controlled by accelerometer-based "tilt-physics" that turns the iPad into a game controller. As the user rolls and bumps their way through levels, new environments filled with indigenous creatures appear.
Every interactive element has it's own set of topic pages, and new topics open as the player succeeds in gameplay. For even more in-depth study on the app's topics, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game has an integrated Pinterest board featuring videos, website links and gorgeous photographs from professional sources around the world. And as an additional educational feature, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game offers a nearly-60 page printable curriculum pdf, available for free download, which includes crossword puzzles, matching tests and many other hands-on activity worksheets.
Already "What's Hot" on iTunes, Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game has been receiving rave review for both it's gameplay and educational content. The largest kid's app site on the net, Smartappsforkids.com, gave it "5 out of 5 stars", calling it "unprecendented". Isopod is only the 20th title to get their highest review possible.