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Grandpa's Workshop

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Good basic math games with sweet theme lack coherence.

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Kids naturally love helping grown-ups do grown-up things, and the relationship kids have with grandparents is often something special. So getting kids working with (virtual and pretend) grandparents is a great idea. The simple games and clean graphics and design make play easily accessible. Grandpa is sweet and gives lots of gentle encouragement; kids will enjoy giving him high-fives. The games focus on a few important early math themes, but randomly cycling through them, without any coherent connection from one task to the next, makes the whole experience feel frantic and disjointed. Tying all the activities together in a sensible way and having kids build, say, a bookcase would add some coherence. A few more features would also really improve usability, such as natural endings to play cycles or the ability to save a finished clubhouse or see its progress as it's being built. Overall, GRANDPA'S WORKSHOP is a fun game with a really sweet theme that could use some tweaking to make it really over the top.

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