Star Wars: Jedi Reading

Common Sense Media says

Reading lessons that may be too violent for younger kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While they are wrapped in somewhat violent trappings, the game's trues messages are the reading skills that its mini-games teach.

Positive role models

In this game, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker both chime in to encourage fighting. Yoda, on the other hand, preaches wisdom, intelligence, and patience. More time is spent with Yoda than with the other two.

Ease of play

The challenge level is well calibrated, and there should be no problems with the controls.

Violence & scariness

In one minigame, stormtroopers with laser rifles -- and random words over their heads -- pop out and try to shoot at you; you need to blast them first (by tapping them with the stylus). You receive spoken instructions, like "Blast the word 'crab'" or "Fire at the word 'show.'" After you shoot down the trooper with the correct word, you are then instructed to "Get the rest of them," which means shooting any remaining enemies on screen. In another mini-game, you fly the Millenium Falcon and can blast and destory enemy fighter ships.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The back of the packing shows a logo for the Official Star Wars Fan Club and lists the starwars.com web address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the use of Star Wars characters and setting may be an effective way of attracting children to a game that teaches obvious reading lessons, Star Wars: Jedi Reading engages players directly in violent acts, like shooting down enemy soldiers. There is, of course, no blood, but the player is called up to physically stab at the the enemy and then see him fall back to the ground.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

STAR WARS: JEDI READING gives players three separate mini-games in which they can learn and practice reading skills. One involves shooting down stormtroopers by tapping the ones with the correct word or letter over his head. Another has players piloting the Millennium Falcon, blasting letter-marked asteroids to spell words (and shooting down enemy fighters that get in the way). The third, Jedi training with Yoda, requires players to tap the correct letters on a series of floating rocks; occasional \"time bombs\" appear that need to be outpaced. In each game, players win starships, and after amassing enough fighters, they can lauch a final assault on the evil Death Star space station.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Star Wars: Jedi Reading feels like it gets a little too caught up in its sci-fi trappings. The reading lessons are effective ones, but the act of using spelling games to kill enemy soldiers feels a bit too harsh for what you expect to find on the Leapster system. The Yoda game -- by far the least violent -- is also the most boring, and can feel repetitive rather quickly. There's so much that can be done with the deep and colorful mythology and characters of Star Wars, that resorting to a shooting gallery feels like a letdown. It may even feel that way for young fans.

Online interaction: Leapster 2 users can win rewards, like certificates or coloring pages, which can be downloaded from the LeapFrog.com website when the Leapster 2 unit is connected to a PC via USB cable. With an online account at LeapFrog.com, parents can also track their children's progress through this same connection.

Families can talk about...

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Game details

Platforms:Leapster, Leapster 2
Price:$24.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LeapFrog
Release date:July 1, 2008
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:NR for (Leapster, Leapster 2)

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Kid, 9 years old January 7, 2012
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love it or hate it...i hate it

it is too violent to be a learning game because it has guns and make a mockery to all the other starwars games.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 3 year old Written bykelpiegirl June 15, 2010
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My 3 year old (academically advanced) LOVES Star Wars and this game (he's been fascinated by space for a long time). He can easily play it on the 2nd level and even 3rd for some games so I'm not sure how good it would be for the higher age range but those levels are for kids who are reading or very close to it. It does have guns and some violence but no blood, etc. If it gets them working on educational stuff, I'm all for it. My son asks to play Star Wars on the leapster often.
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