Parents' Guide to

Scripps Spelling Bee

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Challenge your spelling with mini-games and a virtual bee.

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The details used in the Scripps Spelling Bee video game are nice. Once you hear your word spoken, you can ask for a definition, its country of origin, and to hear it used in a sentence -- just like in the real National Spelling Bee. You do need to hear the word, though, which is why the game is far from perfect. The audio isn't always clear enough (we mistook "pumice" for "hummus"). But that's when checking the definition can come in handy. Wearing headphones helps a lot, too (just make sure the volume isn't too high). The friends-and-rivals storyline is repetitive and feels generally unnecessary. On the whole, the mini-games are a lot more fun than the main spelling bee mode, and shouldn't be overlooked. You will undoubtedly learn from this game, though. Even the strongest spellers out there are bound to come across a word they don't know.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: September 28, 2010
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E for no descriptors
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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