Here is the eighth installment of 10 games reviewed.
Colorush is a 90-degree angle game, and what do I mean by that? Well, it’s all about directing a ball from a particle accelerator toward a capacitor using prisms that bend light at 90 degrees. Or so the game claims. In fact, it were just that but simplified down to a graphic colored ball shooting game through angles to a circle target.
The game is clever, it teaches the player to think in terms of direction, and how to divert a ball using 90-degree angles. Once you have the concept, the game becomes boring. They do try to make it interesting by adding more targets to hit, and obstacles that don’t rely on obstruct anything, since you have all the angles to bend the ball around them.
However, looking at it from an educational perspective, it shows the player how simple light or matter really is in a straightforward sense of things.
Grade: 3 to 5
Conclusions: A nice game, well designed with good graphics, but after a while, the principle is fully understood.
Comparing Number Values
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Comparing Number Values is a nice little game that teaches the different player levels of comparing numbers using the mathematical symbols of less than, equal to, and greater than. There are a number of levels to play, and the player can practice whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. The game has a few questions, and when completed correctly the player gets to play an additional bonus level arcade game.
The arcade game is a classic car on the road driving game, where the player has to steer the car using the mouse to collect odd or even numbers on the road, and not collide with anything on the way. This is best played with a steering wheel or joystick, since controlling with a mouse is harder.
Grade: 1 to 5
Conclusions: A nice winner, this game gives it all, practicing mathematics and playing a nice game when succeeding.
Comparing Number Values – Junior
Comparing Number Values – Junior is the junior version of Comparing Number Values and uses the same principles, but instead of numbers, fractions and decimals the player gets dots and has to compare between the two different amount of dots to decide whether they are equal to each other, greater than or less than each other.
This game also comes with a bonus level, the same car but instead of numbers, the player has to accumulate golden dots. The controls and speed are easier, which matches the age of the player.
Grade: Pre K to 5
Conclusions: Another winning number comparison game that teaches the player the principles of less, equal and more than.
Computer Input & Output Devices
Computer Input & Output Devices is a teaching app that is designed to give the user an understanding of the different input and output devices (peripherals) of the computer world. It gives a brief explanation of what an input and output device is and then asks what a specific device is. The correct answer is given a brief description and moves onto the next question.
Grade: 3 to 5
Conclusions: A nice app. The concept is correct, but the graphics are terrible, in this day and age, such apps should come with high-resolution graphics or pictures of real devices and not some second-rate 2D icon.
Computer Vocabulary is a great concept app, there is a room filled with electronic devices, and the player has to find each one based on the name of the object asked. The game could be magnificent since it helps teach recognition and then gives three explanations of the device from which the player has to choose the best descriptive term for the device.
The game falls on graphics, and as I always state, in this day and age, real graphic images, high-resolution images are best for representing real-life objects, and not some childlike drawing that can be interpreted as correct but is harder in some instances to recognize.
Grade: K to 5
Conclusions: If the graphics were great, it would be great. Otherwise, it’s a nice try, and the player does learn about the various electronic items in everyday use. The bottom line is that this could be much better with better graphics.
Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots is a lovely little game for youngsters. In this version of the game, the player gets 10 dots to connect, these ten dots are in a number range of 1 to 10 or 11 to 20, up till 81 to 100. There are only 10 dots, so the player learns the number sequence.
The game is played by clicking on the right number sequence starting from the first dot and onwards. There are scores for correct attempts, and 10% is taken off for every wrong click.
Grade: Pre K to 1
Conclusions: A great number and dot game, you get the best of both worlds, where the player gets to draw a cute picture while learning the correct number order.
Connect the Dots ABC
Connect the Dots ABC is a small and very simple version of connecting the dots that come with no imagination. It’s a very straightforward connect the dots with letters in the right sequence. However the sequence is so obvious even a 2-year-old baby would get it right. As a teaching aid for teaching the alphabet, there are better options to choose from. This is once tried never returned to the app.
Grade: Pre K to 1
Conclusions: Waste of time, it’s a shame, because it could be so much more. One option would be to jumble the letters up, so the player has to actually look for the next letter and not just click on them in a basic preset order.
Contraction Action is an interesting but bad English teaching game. It presents all the spelling shortcuts such as We Have = We’ve and uses a ball with a bow to hit the correct combination target. There is only one issue with this game. It teaches incorrect English, and there are shortened words that don’t exist in any language. In fact, if you want to teach your child proper English, steer clear of this game.
Oh, and add to this the fact that if you don’t know how to aim the ball properly, you hit the wrong target even though you know the correct answer and you have a frustrating bad English game that destroys young minds.
Grade: 1 to 5
Count to 100
Count to 100 is a bubble pop game that gives you floating bubbles in the sea with numbers. The player has to pop the bubble over the correct box, and this game is about creating the correct sequence in a list of numbers that are represented on boxes. The game demands a certain level of eye-hand coordination and mouse clicking accuracy, which turns this from a basic boring number sequence game into a more arcade-style experience. There is a shark that eats numbers, beware it will try to stop the player from completing the game.
Each round gives the next set of ten numbers and between each game is bonus pop the bubble in the right sequence game.
Grade: K to 1
Conclusions: A great little number sequence teaching application, hits the mark dead on, or the shark…
Counting Fish is a very cute counting game. In each level, the player is given 10 games per level to count fishes. The fishes swim on top the screen, and the player gets to count them. A snake can come out and frighten them off, so the player has to be fast (for children). The numbers of each level increase, so the first 10 are anywhere from 1 to 5 fishes, the second level is from 6 to 9 and so on. Answers are graded at 10% each, with the top score set at 100%.
Grade: Pre K to 1
Conclusions: This is a nice game, the GUI is perfect, and the counting method is cute.