What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
With the plot of chasing down a dragon to rescue a princess, this game immediately draws kids into the adventure. To proceed through it, they must use 2nd grade math.
Kids will learn by playing math mini-games where they shoot numbers with a blaster or catch the right ones as the numbers move around the screen, answering questions such as "Shoot numbers larger than X."
The game has excellent tutorials and it automatically adjusts the math to match the player's ability.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference in fantasy adventures and real life. Would you go on an adventure like this in real life?
Families can also talk about educational games. Is this more fun than doing homework? Does this game make math more fun?