Test your knowledge of history as you race against the clock! Featuring characters from the online role-playing adventure game Mission US, Think Fast! About the Past is a fast-paced trivia game that introduces hundreds of fascinating facts about different eras of American history.
Players can choose from two different Think Fast “missions,” each connected to one of the Mission US adventure games. In Mission 1, the sharp-tongued Patriot Royce Dillingham challenges players to navigate 1770 Boston by answering questions about colonial history. In Mission 2, Lucy King challenges players to deliver a message to her brother, who is enslaved on a plantation in 1850 Kentucky, by answering questions about slavery and resistance during the pre-Civil War era.
Each correct answer advances players to another location on the map. Players have five minutes to move through all ten locations to complete the challenge, but answering correctly more quickly will earn a higher ranking. The clock pauses whenever explanations appear to allow players time to read them. Each “mission” includes approximately 100+ questions randomly served up during the course of the game.
The Think Fast! About the Past app, developed by Thirteen/WNET, the producers of Mission US, and Very Memorable, was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Verizon Foundation through EDSITEment, the NEH site for high quality teaching resources. Mission US, a series of free interactive US history games for tweens and teens, was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more Mission US content, visit mission-us.org. (Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this app do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
Updated for iOS 8 compatibility.
Ratings and Reviews
Informative and Engaging
In the high stakes testing world we live in, it is important we teach students how to think both quickly and critically. This app does a good job of encouraging that by including basic facts and more complex principles. The time limit helps to focus their attention and it is not unreasonable. Plus, time pauses after each question to allow for review. While students may not be extrinsically motivated to complete the missions, they may be engaged simply in answering the questions, as it's fun to hear the responses that sound as though they come from the colonial period. Finally, it is easy to turn off the sound within the app if the background music is a point of distraction for anyone's concentration. Overall, great app I will definitely recommend to students -- especially since it's freely available to them.
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Kreger Boy made me download this trash. It crashed like my car in a tree.
Doesn't work on my iPad
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.