WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Google Arts and Culture puts the worlds of art, science, history and travel at your fingertips. In addition to letting you take a selfie and compare your face to images from great works of art, it also lets you find information about artists, museums, historic figures, places and historic events. The app’s easy navigation lets you search by keyword or category, browse featured content, view art collections, and read culture-related editorials. Users can save their favorite items or share them via social media, and the Nearby feature gives users up-to-date information on cultural venues and cultural events in their areas.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Though it may have only just gone viral thanks to the addition of its art-selfie feature, it’s so much more than that. After spending a few minutes laughing at the results of your selfie experiments, you can explore the rest of Google Arts and Culture. If you do, you’ll find it’s truly awesome. There’s so much here: museum information, theater, music, travel, profiles of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and it’s presented in a way that takes full advantage of current technology.
In addition to being able to search artists by timeline and color palette, you can view famous artworks in zoomable high-definition. Visit world heritage sites through 360-degree video recordings or use your favorite VR device to spend the afternoon in a museum halfway around the world. Google’s even partnered with cultural organizations in countries like India, France, the Czech Republic and the UK to tap into their unique cultural offerings. These tech platforms bring all this information to colorful, vibrant life in a way that makes it exciting for kids and parents alike.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 12 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Educational value: 4 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 1 out of 5
Sex: 1 out of 5
Language: 1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 1 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date: July 20, 2016
Size: 66.10 MB
Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up.