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Kids Learn Spelling & Grammar: A+ Edition

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Repetitive ed game does little with spelling and grammar.

Game Nintendo DS 2012
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Kids Learn Spelling & Grammar: A+ Edition is almost a misnomer as the focus is not entirely on spelling and grammar. There are completely unrelated mini-games that test players in the areas of math and cognitive reasoning. The problem is that mini-games aren't very engaging and many are repetitive in format.

Many of the mini-games are essentially the same as other mini-games but with a different presentation. For example, one mini-game requires players to find the missing letter in the form of an "I Spy" mini-game, while another mini-game has a high-tech aesthetic to it but uses the exact same letter-finding mechanic. In total, there are 15 mini-games but only 3 truly unique spelling or grammar-related games. Even those three unique mechanics are all relatively uninspiring and rarely encourage players to really think it out. Instead, the mini-games are more a measure of players' existing vocabulary. It is perhaps a start for players who want to test and measure their vocabulary, but it is by no means a comprehensive educational product.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Talking Stick Games
  • Release date: January 17, 2012
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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