Immersed in virtual world you create objects to solve puzzles: need a rope to get a star, type the word rope and it appears. As the level progress, the objects you need to type and the puzzles get harder and harder. It was a great game on the Nintendo DS, and it made the transition to iOS devices beautifully. It is also a fraction of the cost of the Nintendo DS game.
Although targeted to children that can spell, it also has playgrounds that younger children with a help of an adult can create objects to play with. The publisher continues to update the app with different playgrounds. The latest involves a classroom for the back to school season.
Only complaint I have heard from my daughter: limited selection of girl players and you have to buy them. I would also love to see it for Android devices.
It is a spelling puzzle game that my kids enjoy playing again and again again.
Available only on Apple App Store for .99.
Published by McGraw-Hill, the game consists of trying to guess a mystery number by selecting a number from 1 to 10. The monster will cover the guessed number and any numbers above and below the guessed number with its tentacles. The game voice will then tell you if the mystery number is below or above the guessed number.
Although I was excited initially with the concept, my youngest child didn’t grasp the idea and my older children were bored by the game quickly. Well drawn, but very few pieces are animated and the game play is very repetitive. It also requires 2 players, and turns are not marked clearly. On the plus side, it appears to work fine without internet connection.
At $1.99 for the iOS version it seems overpriced. (No Android version found).
States drop from top of screen, and the player is prompted to touch the correct state. Doing it correctly enough times clears the board and you are awarded a particular state. The awarded state is displayed on the USA map.
Even as an adult I enjoy the game. Great sound effects, graphics, and addictive elements make it a game you and your children would come back to again and again. My children love the game and all of them get something out of it (even the youngest, who can’t read).
At a price of 99 cents it is a bargain. A free version is available (not reviewed). The game is available on iOS and Windows phones, and works perfectly well when not connected (perfect for road trips). An outstanding educational game for the entire family. You are never to old to learn your states.
Review by AJG.