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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monkey Tales: The Princess of Sundara is the first in a series of an European award-winning edutainment games that has been redesigned to follow the US school system's Common Core Standards and the 2009 Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) standards. This is an adventure game with logic puzzles and math mini-games that are suited for kids in Grade 2. The game has a slight bit of scariness as kids have to dodge shambling mummies and specters, and avoid running into lasers that blast them to ash (their avatar immediately reforms).
What's it about?
In MONKEY TALES: THE PRINCESS OF SUNDARA, Rinjin the dragon has kidnapped Princess Ehimaya for the evil Huros Stultus. Huros hates the princess because she is a smart and intelligent girl. Kids travel through these fantasy lands, avoiding environmental traps, until they reach Rinjin's castle. The player will rescue the Princess by beating the dragon at math. At the same time, kids are also freeing monkeys and collecting bananas for them.
Is it any good?
Monkey Tales: The Princess of Sundara makes math homework fun by presenting kids with math mini-games set inside an exciting adventure story. The game rewards kids for solving puzzles correctly and swiftly. The software also has an algorithm that gages kids level as they play the games and adjusts each mini-game for their math skills, so they can progress without being overly stressed by games they cannot win. The games have fun themes like shooting at targets and flying spaceships to gather numbers to solve an equation.
The logic puzzles require kids to block lasers and push floating blocks into waterways to create safe paths. Kids must also jump on moving platforms to get where they need to go. The game encourages exploration by trial and error by providing a way to reset each room you enter for a do-over. Only the math mini-games are timed, and they can all be replayed from the game menu.
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- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, counting, division, numbers, subtraction
Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, logic
- Price: $14.95
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Monkey Tales Games
- Release date: November 7, 2011
- Genre: Edutainment
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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