A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn grammar concepts including identifying parts of speech, complete sentences, fact and option, and cause and effect; however, the game is more for reinforcement than for learning concepts. There's no way to chose which areas of grammar to focus on, and there's no tracking of scores or performance. Kids will see a written description of each grammar concept before answering the quiz questions, and they'll see the correct answer if they answer incorrectly. Though the role-play adventure of Mission to Planet Leema: Adventure into Grammar is an engaging introduction to adventure games and an attractive hook for kids, the grammar isn't integrated well enough for this to be a great learning tool.
Ease of Play
Grammar topics are challenging. Finding the objects for the mission isn't too difficult, and the controls to maneuver work fairly well, though they may take some getting used to.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mission to Planet Leema: Adventure into Grammar is a 3-D role-playing adventure. Kids take on the role of a girl who has landed on Planet Leema and must find a hidden gem. Finding scrolls and letters, completing the missions, and taking grammar quizzes move them closer to the goal. At the time of review, only one mission is included, and it can be completed in about an hour. Though kids will have to do grammar exercises throughout the game, there's no instruction around incorrect answers, and kids likely will see the grammar as a distraction from the "real" game.
Is It Any Good?
At the time of this review, only one mission was included. The excellent graphics and adventure elements could leave kids wanting and waiting for updates to add to the adventure. However, the grammar skills aren't integrated into the mission and are only periodic quizzes that stop the action. Though kids get a brief written explanation of the topic and can see whether their answers are right or wrong, there's no other feedback or instruction. Performance on the grammar quizzes has no impact on continuing the adventure, either. Kids can get every answer wrong, and the game continues as if they were all correct. It's likely the cool factor of the adventure will work against the grammar, which kids might see as a boring distraction.
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