ABCya Educational Computer Games and Apps for Kids
ABCya Educational Computer Games and Apps for Kids

Here is the sixth installment of 10 games reviewed.

Calendar Game

Grades 3 & Up

Calendar Game is a calendar comprehension tutorial that explains the importance of a calendar and how to read it. It also teaches the player how to count days and weeks using a starting date. This is a neat, tidy tutorial but misses a proper introduction.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A great little tutorial, but would be perfect if they included a proper introduction to what a calendar is, how it is designed and why it is so important to maintain.

Candy Pool

Grades 3 & Up

Candy Pool is a game. It’s snooker/pool type game that gives the player an understanding of how to aim a ball at another and define a shot based on geometric understanding. However it does not go into the science of the game, just gives the player an exceptional graphics interface.

The game is played by hitting a colored candy with a white puck. The colored candy must hit another identical colored candy to remove both. It adds more complex requests as the levels go up, and the player learns how to improve the direction and power of shots to reach certain targets.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A winner by any standard, it’s a game, it’s fun, and it also teaches the player the basics of pool and snooker shot calculations.

Candy Timbermen

Grades 1 & Up

Candy Timbermen is based on the popular Ralph comic character. Here you get a candy bar with branches, Ralph is holding an ax, and he chops the trees’ sections with a tap. There are two sides to chop, and the player has to move Ralph to the left or right to chop so that a branch doesn’t hit him on the head. The game is about accuracy and speed. So it’s eye-hand coordination. The more segments you chop, the higher the score. The faster you tap with the mouse, the faster you have to move Ralph out of the way of a falling branch. It looks simple and is easy when you moderate your speed, but there is a timer, and it will run out if you are too slow.

Grade: 1 to 5

Conclusions: Fun for all the family, a lot of competing to beat your own score as well as be the first.

Capital Toss

Grades 3 & Up

Capital Toss is a classic general knowledge game with a twist. This game asks the player to throw balls at a moving target, the ball is based on a country or US State, and the moving target is a capital city. The player chooses which game to play, the country or US State game. There are three strikeouts before losing. The game is not about the accuracy of the shot; it’s about the accuracy of the answer, so the motor skills are not tested here, only the general knowledge of the player is questioned.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: This is a nice little game, it’s a winner in the concept and design, and once the player knows all the answers then the game really begins, because you can make this a competition to see who knows the most the fastest.

Cat Around Africa 4

Grades 4 & Up

Cat Around Africa is the fourth game in the Cat Around series; this is not about Africa, it’s about solving a rolling puzzle. This is a game all about moving a “fig” through a maze of objects to pick up stars and feed the Cat. The maze is made of ice blocks and channels. The ice blocks have to be carefully broken in a sequence that will make the “fig” roll across the maze, pick up three stars and settle at the feet of the cat. The player does not need to collect all the stars to complete the maze but stars award points.

Since there are four such games in the series, it means this is a winner, and the programmers recognized the need to create more variants for players to enjoy.

Grade: 4 to 5

Conclusions: This is a classic rolling maze game with a nice graphic interface. It teaches the player to think logically and to plan out the best way to collect all the stars on the way through the maze.

Cat Around Asia

Grades 4 & Up

Cat Around Asia is the third installment in the Cat Around series. This one operates the same as all the others. In this game the cat is set all around Asia, for instance, in the starting scene in Japan, the player needs to move the shrimp to the cat.

Grade: 4 to 5

Conclusions: Identical to all Cat Around games, and is a lot of fun.

Cat Around Europe

Grades 4 & Up

Cat Around Europe is the second variant of the Cat Around games. This one is set in different places in Europe, the starting scene here is in Italy, so the player gets to roll a Pizza to collect stars and feed the cat.

Grade: 4 to 5

Conclusions: Identical to all Cat Around games, and is a lot of fun.

Cat Around the World

Grades 4 & Up

Cat Around the World is the initial Cat Around game, and it starts off in the Alps with a slice of salami.

Grade: 4 to 5

Conclusions: Identical to all Cat Around games, and is a lot of fun.

Christmas Crossword

Grades 3 & Up

Christmas Crossword Puzzle is a standard crossword puzzle with a Christmas theme. There are two options, online playing or create a printable puzzle. The puzzle comes with eight letters at the base, in which the letters of the word are assembled. The player chooses a line to work with and writes out the word using the letters.

Grade: 3 to 5

Conclusions: A good puzzle, simple, with online and printable version.

Holiday Lights

Grades Pre-K - 1

Christmas Lights is a cute little drawing game for youngsters. The screen has a house, and the youngster takes the mouse and draws a line of Christmas lights all around the house. The player can locate them and position them any way they want, and once the lights have been placed, the player presses the green “play” button and can choose between two songs to show off the light show.

The lights then light up sequentially in tune to the music.

Grade: Pre K to 1

Conclusions: This is a great drawing game that provides an exercise for improving the fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination for mouse use.