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Word Sundae

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Family fun with familiar, but flawed, word builder.

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This Scrabble-like game is a nice, basic platform for some good old competitive word-building fun, but there are flaws. The ice cream theme, animal avatars, weighted scoring system, and limited letter choice work well to make the game seem appealing to younger kids. Yet without built-in help, preschoolers -- most of whom don't read independently yet -- will be hard-pressed to form more than a few simple words. The young target age is inconsistent with many of the words the computer generates when you're playing solo against the computer; for example "airt," "boral," and "miter" are probably not in most preschoolers' vocabularies. Also, the computer sometimes generates first names, such as "Joe," which is usually not allowed in this type of game. The weighted scoring system is a nice idea, but its logic isn't clear, which could make older kids feel a bit cheated. Flexibility in word length for older players would stretch the challenge and creativity as well. If an adult explains these features before playing, however, it could be a way for siblings to use a device together while practicing verbal skills.

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