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Mobile Gaming Round-Up: Back To School

“YOU HAVE DIED OF DYSENTERY!”… (holla 1980’s elementary!)

Hey… Gaming is educational!  So bust out those brains and get ready for a Mobile Gaming Round-Up that will get you through a bus ride, a break between classes or just a break from your kids (also — the rest of us who just want more games).

ORGAN TRAIL: Directors Cut by The Men Who Wear Many Hats

When I was a kid, during computer class, they forced us (twist my arm) to play Oregon Trail.   You know… that cross country wagon trip which aimed to teach 3rd graders what 19th century pioneer life was genuinely about?!  Sounds fun, right?  Well… THE GRAPHICS WERE AWESOME.  You had to kill Bison and tote their carcases back to the caravan without being over encumbered — this was serious sh*t.  You had to worry about your party members dying of snakebites or typhoid or dysentery… and if they did, you even had a funeral for them (and as I remember you could even write on their tombstones).  The way you “won” was by assessing the the number and health of surviving family members, remaining possessions, and cash on hand once you reached the West.  The game has been revamped, but no remake will ever compare to its glory… until now.

Parody project, Organ Trail, takes the same approach as our OG favorite and turns it into a zombie apocalipse.  It’s funny, nostalgic and – at the same time – Organ Trail is a survival game.  It’s a very unforgiving, even on easy mode:

“Organ Trail is a retro zombie survival game. Travel westward in a station wagon with 4 of your friends, scavenging for supplies and fending off the undead. Members of your party might die of dysentery or you might have to put them down yourself when they get bit. Faithfully recreated it as if it were on the Apple 2, Organ Trail offers amazing 16 color art and retro beeps and boops. Packed full of zombie mechanics, themes and references; this is a must have for any zombie survival fans.”

10000000 by EightyEight Games

Surprisingly addictive!  It’s like a Memory / Tetris mix combined with a Runner.  It’s definitely not a game to miss out on.  You would never know what the hell this game even was by it’s icon, name or simplistic description:

“10000000 is a Dungeon Crawling RPG Matching Game. Run the dungeon and match to handle the things you encounter

Upgrade your castle, improve your gear, train skills and brew potions”

There aren’t even screenshots that can do this game justice.  You’ll have to find out about this mystery game for yourself … I’m not even sure if this YouTube video will help me justify how totally cool 10000000 is… but it is, I swear:

Math Evolve by Zephyr Games

The Universe is in danger… and your kids can save it!  To start the rescue, kids enter their name; select the type of operation they want to use: addition, subtraction, multiplication or addition. Select 1 type of operation, 2, 3 … or all 4 for added challenge.

To play, tap and hold on the spaceship to direct it. Drag your finger to a number which will display the equation, then move around to get the other numbers and final answer. Look for numbers and watch out for the invaders … the more right answers you get, the easier it is save the Universe.  Made for kids 6 to 12, this is probably the most fun they’ll have learning division.

STACK THE COUNTRIES by Dan Russell-Pinson

Earth has never been happier.  EVER.  Seriously… the countries are smiling at you.

I’d say this is for kids, but let’s be honest… we all need to brush up on our geography.  Not to mention, Stack The Countries gives us additional information about capitals, flags, languages, etc. in a fun way:

“As you learn country capitals, landmarks, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated countries anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of countries that reaches the checkered line to win each level.

You earn a random country for every successfully completed level. All of your countries appear on your own personalized maps of the continents. Try to collect all 193! As you earn more countries, you begin to unlock the free bonus games: Map It! and Pile Up! Three games in one!”


Want to learn about the human body?  REVEALED lets you peel away layers of the human body to uncover over 5,000 anatomical structures – complete with videos and animations.

The UI is amazing and you’ll be able to explore cells, tissues, radiologic images and physiological functions.  THE GAME:  when you’re ready to test your knowledge, REVEALED will quiz your ability to identify anatomical structures.


That’s my Mobile Round-Up for Back To School.  Let me know how you like the apps and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below.  Sharing apps is caring!

Also my article Fake. Geek. Girls? really kicked some ass last week – feel free to weigh in and let me know if you’d like to see more nerd culture on Level Up.


Featured Image via Organ Trail: Director’s Cut

Additional Images via: Organ Trail: Director’s Cut10000000Math EvolveStack The Countries, and Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED: Skeletal & Muscular