Stack the Countries!

Stack the Countries IconAfter many weeks of hard work, I’m very happy to announce the release of Stack the Countries!After the success of Stack the States, I received many requests to make a similar game for the countries of the world… so I did! Stack the Countries offers the same fun and learning as Stack the States, but also adds many new features giving it a much larger scope.

The game focuses on basic country information such as capitals, landmarks, major cities, continents, border countries, languages, flags and more. You can dive right in and play or brush up on your country knowledge by using the 192 country flash cards and the interactive maps of the continents. As you progress in the game, you earn more countries to add to your personalized map of the world. You also unlock the two free bonus games.

Map It! is a bonus game that’s designed to help players learn where the countries are located on the map. First pick a continent to play with then tap the location on the map where the requested country is located. Pile Up! is another bonus game that helps players identify the countries based on their shape.

Since learning the countries of the world is more difficult than the 50 states, I’ve added a few features that will help ease the learning curve. First, each player can choose to focus only on one continent at a time. Also, each player can choose which of the 8 types of questions are asked.

Stack the Countries Features:
▸ More than 1000 unique questions
▸ 192 flash cards — one for each country!
▸ Interactive maps of the continents
▸ Collect all 192 countries and track your progress on personalized maps
▸ Earn FREE bonus games: Map It! and Pile Up!
▸ Works on both iPhone and iPad – a universal app
▸ Create up to six player profiles
▸ Choose any of the friendly-looking countries as your avatar
▸ High resolution pictures of famous world landmarks
▸ iPhone 4 Retina Display support

See Stack the Countries in iTunes:
http://freecloud.com/c/StackTheCountries

Watch the promo video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZzzw4ohq-o

Reviews:
The iPhone Mom
Teachers With Apps
PadGadget.com
148apps.com
GiggleApps.com

 
 

21 responses to “Stack the Countries!

  1. I just wanted to thank you for this app. My 5 year old loves it and has learned every country in every continent– you can see her here using your app:

    I really appreciate the work you did in putting this together and making it so much fun for the kids. I will be on the lookout for all your future apps!!

  2. Hi Marcia, thanks for your comment! I’m so glad your daughter is enjoying (and learning from) Stack the Countries. She really knows her stuff! Thanks for sharing the video… I love to see children playing my apps. -Dan

  3. Love both stack the countries and stack the states. My 5 year old can place every country in the world and he wouldn’t be doing that without the app. If I could make one suggestion: it would be nice if the name of the country was said aloud when it comes up. My son doesn’t read well yet and I he is basing everything on shape and color which is still great. Also, if you could add a game to the stack the states where you could place the states in their proper place like in stack the countries. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  4. Hi. My 5 year old and I love this app! Quick question, Western Sahara is considered an occupied territory: is this why you did not include it on the map of Africa?

    • Hello Gwen! Thanks for your note. Yes, deciding which countries should be included in the game was a little challenging at first. To make it as clean as possible, I decided to only include the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations. This does leave out a few regions such as Western Sahara, etc., but it does handle the vast majority of what we consider “countries”. I hope this helps! -Dan

  5. Not usually one to leave online comments but Stack the Countries is amazing. My four-year-old has become a geography whiz from this game. He has learned the countries, the flags, and has used his love of Stack the Countries to expand his interests in the world, asking about the governments of the countries, the languages they speak. Totally unbelievable. Thank you. I just wish that it was available on Kindle. Now he keeps stealing my iphone to play and I really wish he could play on his Kindle Fire instead. Thank you for an awesome product

  6. it is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I played this game on a friends Iphone and fell in love with it immediately. As soon as I could I bought Stack the Countries and Stack the states on my Windows phone X8. But now both apps cannot be launched :(. It just redirects me to the start screen of the phone. Isn’t it playable on a windows phone perhaps?

  8. Will you make this available for Android? What about in AppUp for Windows computers? My kids love Stack the States! I love that they are playing a great educational game :)

    • Hello Naomi! THanks for your interest in Stack the Countries. Stack the Countries is still currently available on the AppUp store. It’s not available for android yet, but I do plan to start working on in sometime in September. Take care. -Dan

  9. Our 3 1/2 year old has mastered both stack the states and stack the countries. It took him about two weeks of occasional play to get all the countries, and he can name the countries in pile up as they are dropping. We are in awe of his ability… He did ask if there was a ‘stack the seas’ app… So when you have some free time we would love to see a continuation of this great series :) Thanks!

    • Hello Nick! Thanks for your note and for introducing my apps to your family. Your 3.5yo sounds very smart! I do like the idea of an app about the seas of Earth. I’ll put that on my mental to-do list… ;) Take care! -Dan

  10. We would like a number of kids to play with this. Is it possible/easy to reset so each child can start from the beginning?

  11. We will want a number of kids using this. Is it possible/easy to reset it to the beginning for each child?

  12. Hi, Dan,
    We loved your games. I did want to say that it seems your “Stack the Countries” is based on the Mercator Projection, which makes things farther from the equator seem larger than things closer. I would love for my kids to get a better sense of the relative size of the countries. (Especially since they are so focused on the size so they can pass that line)?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Lyn! Thanks for your note and I’m very pleased that you have enjoyed my games.

      It’s been a little while since I first created Stack the States, so I did a little research. After looking at actual mercator projection maps, the maps from Stack the Countries don’t appear to be quite so exaggerated. Have a look at this comparison: http://freecloud.com/dl/STCMercator.jpg. You’ll see my map of North America from Stack the Countries on the left doesn’t stretch quite like the actual mercator map. I actually had to stretch my map’s image vertically by 160% to get Canada’s height to match the mercator projection. You can also so that Greenland on my map is only half the height of Greenland on the mercator projection map.

      Having said that, I did have to fudge some of the sizes of the countries in the game due to the shear range of sizes from the smallest to the largest. I had to artificially increase the size of some of the smallest countries such as Monaco and Andorra, otherwise they might be only a pixel in size. Likewise, I had to scale down some of the massive countries such as Russia, Canada, Brazil, etc. otherwise they might display at twice the size of the screen. Despite these adjustments, I believe the overall scale of each country is still conveyed to the player.

      I hope this helps!

      -Dan

  13. Just checked the Mac OSX App store and found this app there. Bought it immediately! There is a classroom full of 7th graders who will be quite happy that you made this app. Thanks for your hard work getting it ported to so many platforms.

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