Airside Andy is an online game for kids or to give it a technical name: a massively multiplayer online community (MMO). A virtual world designed exclusively for tablet and mobile. Kids can explore the airport, meet and chat with friends and play games. Help the wacky looking airport vehicles load and unload the planes. Get uniforms and clothes with special features in the airport shop and much more.
It is free to play, but we also offer a paid membership option that gives players access to a whole host of additional, exclusive benefits and features.
Each Airside Andy member starts by creating and customising their own avatar. Avatars help Airside Andy keep Intercity airport functioning by playing mini-games and co-operating with others in in-world activities. The main objective is always helping Jumbo, Jet Star and their friends get back into the air! Kids can explore the world with their avatars, in an airport filled with joyous, creative and open-ended play.
Within the game there are many fun, educational activities for kids to enjoy, such as:
Playing games and getting the planes unloaded and loaded to earn virtual rewards (coins). This is a working airport with wacky looking vehicles flying about all over the place. You and your friends can help the airport controller, Andy, and his team get the planes unloaded and back in the air as soon as possible.
The more planes that fly the more you earn, then you can visit the airport shop and buy new super hero costumes, astronaut costumes, headphones, glasses and much more cool stuff.
The busier the airport the more you get and the more the airport gets. You and your friends all contribute to the airport development pot, just by playing. Once the airport has enough coins you and your friends will get to vote on what we develop next.
Coming soon will be a hair salon, airport pets and your own personal space to decorate and call your own, more games and more action.
Running an airport is not as easy as it looks, it takes a variety of skills that your child can develop over time. Your child will need to think creatively, hypothesise, strategise, manage resources, collaborate with friends, and nurture a wide variety of other skills that could extend positively into their everyday lives.
Airports by their very nature expose children to a huge range of experiences and educational awareness. All the components of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are within the airport: complex machinery, fuels, engines, smart systems, avionics, computerised everything and this is before you even start considering the cultural benefits of travel and geography.
This makes Airside Andy a wonderful world in which to learn and play!
The unique learning emphasis on the game is firmly rooted in developing children’s knowledge and understanding of the world, especially concepts connected with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as well as those concepts more commonly found in edu-apps including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Airside Andy is special because it enhances both SEL and STEM learning.
The point of the Airside Andy world is to add value to creative play through technology, rather than technology distracting from it. As children work towards evolving the airport through SEL-focused gaming, where teamwork is key to the success of their gaming play, they are connected to a constant and exponential increase in learning.
Airside Andy world can encourage the development of children’s fluid development as it presents opportunities to multitask through:
Communicating through text (all text is pre-programmed) in a social context that is strictly managed and therefore an excellent introduction to the internet for young children
Operating a character by creating and customising their own avatar
Managing short-term objectives by getting planes off on time
Managing long-term objectives by working towards building airports
Seeking novelty in customising the airport environment around them
Networking by getting along with others, reading and send pre-programmed greetings and solutions
Managing money through Intercity Coins. By earning coins, your child learns how to save and spend money.
Airside Andy is the first game of this type to offer a mobile and tablet version from the outset. Our service is currently provided only through iTunes or Google Play. This means any transaction is conducted through these providers with whom you already have established a trusted relationship.
No financial information or personal details (other than the basics required for the game) are passed to us which adds yet a further layer of security to the environment.