Polinizapp is an educational game […] that simulates the pollination process of flowers in nature. The player becomes a pollinating insect that has two objectives: to get life and accumulate points.

Source: Android description (translated)  / Image: Pixabay

Useful information

Download: Android 3.2 (18.73MB) / iOS 7.0 (31.6MB)

Price: free

Language: Spanish / English / Catalan

Runs offline: yes

Last update: Android 03/07/2016 (v. 1.0.0) – iOS 04/07/2016 (v. 1.0)

Offered by: Real Jardín Botánico (Royal Botanic Garden) / IMEDEA

Description

Polinizapp is an educational game (from 9 years) to learn the pollination process of plants. Your mission is to control the flight of the different types of pollinators included in the application, which will fly over the flower covered areas to get life through the food provided by pollen and nectar, and points, which become seeds with the collection of the target flowers.

Its use is very simple:

  • First of all, select the language with which you want to run the application.
  • Then, there is a brief explanation on the game’s operation, specifying the foods you can get from the flowers (nectar and pollen).
  • As you add points thanks to the target flowers, you will see that, in the selection screen of pollinators, new insects are unlocked (8 in total. The game starts with a bee). Each of them has a small description and their own target flowers.
  • The following screen shows the threats you should avoid and which are represented by the Asian hornet, vermin, pesticides or natural predators such as birds.
  • To finish, you must select a scenario to run the application, being able to choose among the city, the crops, the mountain or the Mediterranean field, for example.

The movement of the insect is controlled by tilting the mobile device. To collect the nectar and pollen, click on each flower you find as you move across the screen. And remember also control the time (you start with 30 seconds).

Polinizapp is a Spanish game for mobile devices with which you can learn how the pollination process occurs and know some of the animals that do it

More information

PolinizAPP, un juego-simulación gratuito del CSIC para conocer el proceso de la polinización (in Spanish)

Este verano jugamos a “Polinizapp” (in Spanish)

Images: screenshots 06/09/2017. ©RJB/CSIC

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