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By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.

Game Windows 2009
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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Doesn't work, don't buy

The Sabi Game Inc company knows the CD doesn't work but continues to sell it
age 4+

My 4-yr-old's fave computer game -- and MINE too!

Thanks to the unique mouse-over reading function, my four-year-old daughter picked up on the concept quickly. Where she would normally employ me to help her figure out the instructions to other computer games she plays, ItzaZoo's interactive reading tool empowers her to teach herself. The quick "reward system" seems to help too. ItzaZoo rewards the child with gold stars when they complete a short task. Other games my daughter has played tend to make her finish a lengthy trial (albeit with character encouragement throughout) before she receives her reward.

Is It Any Good?

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ItzaZoo is truly a remarkable piece of software. It brilliantly uses funny, silly characters to attract kids to the game, and then delivers a story in a way that motivates kids to read. By asking kids to contribute to the story by drawing things and then animating their drawings and incorporating them into the story, kids commit to this game. They are motivated to read the questions asked by the animals so that they can figure out what to draw next. This amazing "Living Ink" technology anticipates what the child might draw and then takes what is drawn and makes it fit within the story. It fills in the child's drawings with appropriate color and detail and then resizes them to fit the situation. For example, when you are playing with the turtle, he asks you to draw him a new shell. Whatever you draw, the game resizes it to magically fit on his back.

Another great aspect of this game is its replayability. Every time you play, you have a different experience because your drawings will always change. This game is appropriate for kids ages 4 to 8; and perfect for those just starting to read. It helps them to decode words by associating highlighted words with objects that they draw. This is children's software at its best – don't miss this one.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : following directions, reading comprehension, vocabulary, Arts : drawing
  • Skills: Communication : multiple forms of expression, Thinking & Reasoning : deduction, investigation, solving puzzles, Creativity : making new creations, producing new content
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Sabi Games
  • Release date: November 1, 2009
  • Genre: Edutainment
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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