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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

In this alien world, math and language games are repetitive.

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BRAINNOOK is a creative website that allows kids to have fun and do a little learning while safely exploring a cute virtual world. It’s nice that kids can send progress reports to their parents (if they provide an email address), though the reports don't contain a ton of information.

However, with its repetitive game design and confusing level system, it's hard to guarantee meaningful learning within BrainNook's universe. Play is against the clock, which allows kids little time for reflection. Plus, game design (and music) is much the same for different games; it lacks the inventiveness and creativity needed to keep kids engaged over time. Game topics may be appropriate (dividing decimals, matching synonyms), but the approach is often off-base. A game might go a little something like this: "Quick: Divide 367.87 by 5.4 in your head. Then, draw a line from the equation to the right answer without getting eaten by a floating bug and before the answer choices disappear." Ack! The stressful game environments may freak kids out unnecessarily; more time could help cement concepts. Games can increase in difficulty in a single session, but those available to play seem uneven and not based on age of player or level reached. For example, Level 1 of a game may last a full minute whereas Level 2 cuts short at 20 seconds without explanation.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary, Math : arithmetic, measurement, money, shapes
  • Skills: Communication : friendship building
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free, Paid
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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