The games starts by asking you trivia questions about the different states. It asks about things like capitals, landmarks, cities, and also does shape recognition. The questions are multiple choice, and if you choose the correct state, you get to move the state on top of a pedestal at the bottom of the screen. The goal, as you collect more states, is to stack them on top of eachother in such a way that they go over the finish line and don't fall off the pedestal. Once you have stacked the to the finish line, you earn a state.
The states you earn are stored on a blank U.S. map. You can go and look at them whenever you like. As you move through the game, other mini-games are unlocked. My player has unlocked 2 of the 3 games already. One is a timed game that focuses on state recognition. Several states are stacked up and it tells you which one to touch. As you touch and eliminate states, more states are filling up the area above. The goal is to get rid of all of them!
I'll admit, even I am learning alot from this game. I have never memorized the states, and this is a very addicting way to do it. My dh and I played it for about an hour one night after the kids were in bed, lol! Both kids love it too. Miss O has earned 2 states and Little Bean has earned 6 so far.