A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Two of the games encourage learning words together.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a game about learning words. If you are a child, the words presented to you in the games will be easier than if you are an adult. As you progress through the games and succeed, new words are added based on your progress with earlier worlds. The better you do, the harder the words become. Parents will appreciate that after 20-30 minutes of playing, the game suggests you quit for the day. Two of the games can be played with another player using separate DS units. This is a review of the DS version, which is better than the Wii version. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to My Word Coach.
Is It Any Good?
As with the popular Big Brain Academy game, what makes this game fun is that you enter a school to train -- here it's called the Institute. You choose from one of four word entertaining coaches to guide you. After taking a simple test to determine your "Expression Potential," a number assigned out of a possible 100, the coach encourages you play games so that you can increase your initial Expression Potential.
My Word Coach does a good job of trying to moderate the intensity of learning words by periodically introducing two recreational games that aren't tracked. Plus, after 20-30 minutes of training, the game suggests you quit for that day. While some adults may resent the emphasis on speed that is part of the games, for kids, the speed angle may actually help to sustain their interest in these educational games. High schoolers who are preparing to take the verbal and writing portion of the SAT might want to add this video game to their backpack – it's more fun than simply memorizing word lists.
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