We have always loved the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” basically because we’re a big kid at heart. Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha, the fantastic Fractured Fairy Tales and, of course, Sherman and Mr. Peabody…they are stuff of legend.
Many years have passed since this show was on the air, but fans need not despair! A full-length animated film is going to be hitting the theaters on March 7 and now there is also a free app to download that provides entertainment and education all at the same time.
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman app caught our interest from the very beginning. We would be able to take the WABAC machine to different eras and be tested on our knowledge of them. Isn’t it odd how an animated, intelligent dog, a couple of kids, and some cool graphics and sounds can draw in people of all ages?
Egypt was the first era. We couldn’t wait to begin.
How it works
It’s a free app, which is a terrific start. You get a quick tutorial – all you need to understand how it all works – and then you can choose your character avatar. There are lots of choices, including Mr. Peabody and Sherman, if you are so inclined. Once you have your character, you can start your travels through your first era.
There are a number of stops in each one, and the questions have true or false answers. Get an answer correct and you’re a step closer to moving forward. Get one wrong, and you lose a life. Whether you get the answer wrong or right, however, you will be given more information on the correct answer, usually including some historical facts. You’d be surprised what you’ll learn from what appears, on the surface, to be a simple app.
The first era includes about 20 questions, and as it’s Egypt, you’ll discover loads of facts about pharaohs, cats and mummies. If you manage to make it through without losing all your lives, you can move on to the next era – the French Revolution – and so on.
From time to time you’ll have the opportunity to refuel the WABAC machine, and if you want to buy more fuel, you can do so via in-app purchase.
When we played
The reason we were particularly interested in this app and its first era, was that it focused on Egypt – a magical country we had visited about four years ago. We figured we had retained enough information from the two days we spent with our tour guide, so surely this would be a piece of cake.
In the beginning it wasn’t too difficult. We knew there were passages and tunnels in the pyramids, and that the sphinx’s eyes were pretty big. We also knew answers to a number of the other questions. However, it definitely wasn’t all a walk in the park. We got a few of them wrong, which certainly made it interesting, and it helped us pick up valuable facts about ancient Egypt.
Maybe it was the child in us, but the fun sounds, Mr. Peabody, and the constant advancement through the era kept us more entertained than we had a right to be.
By the time we had to go off and do grown-up things, we were into the French Revolution, which we reckoned would be a lot more difficult, as we knew nothing about the history of the country, and our French was pathetic at best.
We had already gained free fuel a couple of times for the WABAC machine, but if we were going to be faced with the Aztecs or ancient Mayans, we might have to fork out $0.99 at some point. Compared to all the money we could win on “Jeopardy!” in the future, we worked out that it would be worth it.
We loved this app, and kids will love it too. It’s a really fun way to teach children (and adults) some facts about different eras, and it’s not so difficult that they’ll give up easily.
Until the film comes out, this is an excellent way to stay in touch with Sherman and Mr. Peabody as they take the WABAC machine to times and places throughout the centuries.
Pros: Free. Fun. Educational.
Cons: Needs to be connected to the Internet.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Devices: Android and iOS
Rating: E for Everyone