Common Sense Review
Updated December 2013

Mission Migration

Fun mini-games help teach about bird ecosystems
Common Sense Rating 2
  • In the game, players join a flock of birds as they fly across various terrains and environments.
  • There are a handful of mini-games, including one where players need to land on top of an area filled with various environmental hazards.
  • Players are scored based on how well they do in each round. If they fail to complete a goal, they can start the round over again without penalty.
  • Most of the game involves navigating a flock of birds in an arcade-style mini-game where players avoid oncoming obstacles like planes and storm clouds.
Fun and engaging game about birds coming from a trusted source of educational material.
Mini-games do not align perfectly with actual learning content.
Bottom Line
This official game of the National Audubon Society is a good tool for grade schoolers
Mark Raby
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 2
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

This game strikes a good balance between educational content and interactive gameplay. The use of fun mini-games in between the learning content helps with maintaining the engagement level.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

The gameplay mechanics and mini-games are loosely connected to the actual educational material in the game. These mini-games keep kids engaged and focused, which helps when the game interrupts the mini-games to present factual content.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

The game is presented with little in the way of tutorials or other guidance. However, kids can continue to play through each segment until they are able to complete it.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

This game is presented as a single-player game. Its application in the classroom would be most applicable in a computer lab or similar setting, where each student can play along on his or her own. Additionally, teachers could encourage kids to play through the game at home, and be prepared to discuss what they learned in class the next day.

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What's It Like?

Kids are presented with information about birds, their migration patterns, and general details about their ecosystem, as they play through mini-games that are loosely connected to this material. For example, there is an arcade-style mini-game where kids have to avoid crashing into airplanes and other hazards, which is not exactly a realistic depiction of the typical bird migration practice. However, these mini-games keep kids engaged and focused, which helps when the game interrupts the mini-games to present factual content.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The educational material in this game comes directly from the National Audubon Society, so it can be trusted and used alongside any relevant curriculum. It is not built specifically as a classroom tool, but if kids play through the game on their own, they are likely to learn something about the complex ecosystem and migration patterns of birds. Unfortunately, most of this learning is placed on top of the gaming, instead of being baked into the gameplay.

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