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MarcoPolo Ocean

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 3+

About MarcoPolo Ocean

MarcoPolo Ocean is a free play, open world app to explore and discover ocean life. Players are exposed to STEM concepts and vocabulary while they explore the ocean, learn characteristics of marine plant and animal life, and build a boat or submersible vehicle.

Teacher Review

This app is part puzzle and part an open sandbox for underwater exploration. Both modes are available from the get-go.

The two visuals used to choose the world — puzzle piece and fish — make it easy for players of all levels to understand how to navigate and change to the other world at any time. As play continues, hints for more play, such as glowing shapes and directional arrows, will appear to encourage more exploration.

In the puzzle mode, kids tap and then drag items from the upper corner to the main playspace to create things like a coral reef, a herring fish, and an orca whale. In addition, they can choose to construct a boat and a submersible to pilot around the ocean.

This puzzle play consists of matching items to grayed-in outlines within a scene. For the coral reef, kids will be adding sponges, coral, and a wide variety of fish. When they correctly place a fish in its spot, the narrator announces its name and it immediately animates; so the puffer fish will puff up if tapped, and the angelfish will bob and blink an eye.

With the herring and orca, kids drag body parts to the outline, so they learn about fins, gills, scales, and such. The boat and submersible are a little more whimsical, as cute cartoon characters inhabit the cabins.

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App Details


iPad, iPhone


Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years)




Cognitive Development
Communication Skills


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


MarcoPolo Learning, Inc.

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** Featured in the App Store - Best New Apps and Under the Sea **
** Children's Technology Review - 2014 Editor's Choice Award **
** 5 Stars**

Make dolphins jump. Build a coral reef. Explore the deep sea. Create your own aquarium. These are just some of the fun things you can do with MarcoPolo Ocean, a “digital sandbox” for kids to play in that sparks their interest in the most unexplored part of our planet – the ocean.

Build and Explore
Five build-and-play activities bring the language and the images of the ocean to life. Ocean is playfully narrated and animated to reinforce vocabulary, physical attributes and ocean concepts.

*Coral Reef
*Marine Mammals

Free Play Exploration
The open ocean is a personal aquarium your child can explore however he or she chooses!

*Explore from the shoreline all the way down to the sea floor
*Steer your submersible and boat through ocean waters
*Add marine animals and fish to the ocean and interact with more than 30 different species
*Investigate by tapping, dragging and swiping where the animals live in the ocean to see their natural behaviors and how they interact with other animals

Through self-directed discovery, we expose kids to early skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), focusing on the following concepts:

*The wide variety of animal species that live in the shallow and deep parts of the ocean
*Ocean landscape
*Construction and characteristics of a boat (shipping vessel) and submersible
*Characteristics of fish and marine mammals
*Topic-specific vocabulary exposure and acquisition

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