TaleBlazer 4+


Designed for iPad

    • 2.8 • 6 Ratings
    • Free



What is TaleBlazer? Developed by the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP) lab, TaleBlazer is an augmented reality (AR) game platform which allows users to play and make their own location-based mobile games. Want to make your own TaleBlazer game? Visit us at taleblazer.org.

TaleBlazer games take place in the real world. Players interact with virtual characters, objects, and data as they move around their real location. TaleBlazer games can be played on most smartphones. Once a game is downloaded to your smartphone, you don't need an internet connection to play your games.

Organizations such as zoos, nature centers, historic locations, living history museums, schools, universities, and many others can use augmented reality games to engage visitors deeply with their real-world environment. TaleBlazer games usually take place outside using GPS for positioning. But TaleBlazer games can also take place inside using beacons or other game mechanics.

Why use TaleBlazer? TaleBlazer games can be compelling tools to engage players in thoughtful role-playing, exploration or investigation activities. Users can play AR games designed around nearly any subject.

In addition to playing games, users can make their own games. The process of making an AR game can also be educational and fun. The web-based TaleBlazer editor, which uses a blocks-based scripting language, makes it easy for anyone – including students - to make their own AR games. The ‘Support’ section of the website contains other resources and tutorials to get users started.

Acknowledgements: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AYS #0639638, ITEST #0833663 and AISL #1223407 awarded to the Missouri Botanical Garden and MIT. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. TaleBlazer is also funded in part through the generous support of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Special thanks to colleagues at Old Sturbridge Village, Drumlin Farm, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Red Butte Botanical Garden, and San Diego Zoo for helping us with development and testing.

What’s New

Version 3.5.1

Fixed issues with dynamic maps

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

TylerPurrden ,

Doesn’t work

If you have the newest phone, don’t even bother. My kids loved to do their math passport last summer, but this time it’s completely unusable. Sad!

Sarah6546 ,

Good intuitive design

This app is really easy to use and although far from perfect it had competent GPS tracking!

NjustN ,

Completely unusable

Went to try this for the LVJUSD Math Passport event for the summer. It took the code and downloaded the event, then displays a user screen with a score of zero and a blank white screen for the map. If I kill it, restart and resume then it will display the map, but the only thing on it is our position. The event doesn’t start, there’s no challenge to complete, it’s completely non-functional. Looking at it as a developer, it has many of the hallmarks of an app designed for a much, much older version of iOS that hasn’t been kept up to date. If anyone is reading this, either get this thing working or stop tricking schools who don’t know any better into using it, please!

App Privacy

The developer, MIT STEP Lab, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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