Chalk Up!

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Unique and challenging word game makes you think visually.

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The rules are simple, as are the controls, but the game can get pretty challenging, even for word game veterans, because it makes you think about letters in a new, visual way.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chalk Up! is a word game for which knowledge of spelling is required. The game uses images to represent letters (cat for "C," for example), but you still need to use those image-letters to spell words. Also, the game can connect to both the OpenFeint and Game Center online networks, so parents should make sure they are aware of the ways in which those communities operate and use parental control if you don't want your kids connecting to strangers.

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Is it any good?

At its heart, CHALK UP! is an anagram game -- you get a bunch of letters and you see how many words you can make out of them within the time limit. But only a few of the letters will be written out as actual letters of the alphabet; the rest will be represented by pictures. A picture of a cloud for "C," for example, or a train for "T." So, to spell "man," you may need to select "MONKEY"-"APPLE"-"NEST." It's more challenging than it sounds, and forces you to think in a whole new way. Don't worry, though: You can choose the image sets you want and browse them beforehand, so you won't be confused as to whether a picture is supposed to be a "branch," a "twig," or a "stick."

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