Available in the App Store

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There are many reasons Stack the States is so popular; whether you love geography or not, you will have a lot of fun learning while playing this educational app. Parents will love the price. Stack the States is reasonably price and contains hours of entertainment. Kids, of all ages, will love the graphics, music and variety of things to do.

The app does a great job bringing the 50 states alive in a unique way by turning them into cute and adorable characters that you can play with while learning all sorts of United States geography facts. Add beautiful backgrounds; such as Mount Rushmore or the Golden Gate Bridge; fun music and you have a huge hit in your hands.

Stack the States is a universal app that is easy to use on any idevice. The design allows the user to touch the smallest of the states on a map of the U.S. even on an iPod. With the ability to create up to six user profiles this could easily be used in a family or school environment.


The Learn section is the most recent section to be added to Stack the States. This section is divided into two parts; an interactive map and flash cards. They can be used interchangeably. If you choose interactive map, touch a state, the choice to use the flashcard to learn more is available or you can touch the state and it goes back to the interactive map. On the flashcards, various state facts are available; such as the state capital, nickname, major cities, and landmarks and so on. It’s a great way to learn more about each of the 50 states.

Play Games

This section has four games; Stack the States, Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop. Stack the States is the main game used to earn states, which then unlock the bonus games.

Stack the States – The user builds a stack of states by answering questions about the 50 states. Sounds simple, right!? Well, there’s a little more to it, making the game even more fun and challenging. You are rewarded the state for which you answered the question correctly, you need to stack that state on top of the others and so on until your stack reaches the checkered line WITHOUT it tipping over. States can be rotated to help in the creative stacking that needs to happen.

Pile Up – Quickly tap the correct state to remove it from the pile. You want to remove all of the states from the pile before they reach the checkered line. Three levels of difficulty are available; easy, medium and hard.

Puzzler – Is similar to a jigsaw puzzle. The user is given states to drag together as you would jigsaw puzzle pieces. This game is timed and has three levels of difficulty; the number of states depends on the level chosen.

Capital Drop – As the states and capitals move along on a zigzag conveyor belt, match as many states and capitals as you can before a state falls off the end. Three levels of difficulty are available in this game also.

My States

In the My States option, you see an interactive map of the states you have earned during the Games portion of the app. Again, states can be touched and facts can be scrolled through.

Overall Design

Stack the States has been designed with both fun and learning in mind. In addition to the adorable characters and beautiful backgrounds, the interface is easy to use; on-screen instructions are available, if desired. Music and sound can be turned off in the Settings; also available is the option to edit players. The settings are tucked away nicely in a location where users aren’t likely to bump the button accidentally.

If you want to try out Stack the States before purchasing the full version, a lite version is available for download in iTunes.

Bottom line

Stack the States was voted number one by our readers for good reason. It has great educational and entertainment value. My family has two favorite geography apps that they continually go back to, even just for fun, and Stack the States is one of them.

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

You earn a random state for every successfully completed level. All of your states appear on your own personalized map of the United States. Try to collect all 50! As you earn more states, you begin to unlock the three free bonus games: Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop. Four games in one!

Stack the States is an educational app for all ages that’s actually FUN to play.