My children love to play games on their Mac. Good games can teach children about colors, numbers, the alphabet and improve their hand and eye coordination. Mac games help busy parents with household chores, too.
The house won’t clean itself, you know. Buying a few minutes of toddler busy time on the right game means dirty dishes get done, and lunch gets made. So, why are Mac games so expensive compared to iPod touch games?
Balloon Brothers Tumble Top Spectacular
The latest game to make it to my kid’s Mac is all about popping virtual balloons on screen. The kids love it.
Even the skull balloons in The Balloon Brothers Tumble Top Spectacular are not scary.
What’s not to like. It’s colorful, fast paced (but not too fast), and perfect for pre-school toddlers.
I seem to have an abundance of such creatures. So, keeping them busy and learning requires planning and effort. Just look at all this pre-school eye candy.
There are hundreds of games like this for Mac users, specifically aimed at children. They’re fun, somewhat addictive, a little noisy, and in the case of the Tweeler games, they run on Macs, Windows PCs, even Linux PCs.
What kid would not be happy with such luscious digital activities? The kid in me, that’s who.
Mac Games Are Expensive
If there’s a common denominator among all the games for Mac users, it’s, well, there’s no other way to put it—they’re expensive.
Alright, expensive is a relative term. But let me compare a $20 game for the Mac—aimed specifically at children—to a free or 99-cent game for children on the iPod touch or iPhone.
Trust me. My kids can touch the former but not the latter.
There are thousands of games for children on the iPod touch. They’re inexpensive, easy to play, and there’s not much my kids can do to an iPod touch (compared to some of the nasty things which have made it through the keyboard on their MacBook).
Apple has set a new paradigm for computer game playing. Affordable. Handheld. Fast paced. Colorful. Complete with sound, and a price tag any pre-schooler approved Mac mommy would love. An iPod touch doesn’t cost what the last 10 games for the Mac cost.
The only problem is sharing. My kids are more willing to share the Mac (two can watch while one plays) than the iPod touch. So, the question is, why are iPod touch games so inexpensive, and Mac games are so expensive?
It might be that there are already more iPod touch and iPhone users in the world than there are Mac users. There’s a lot more game developing competition, too, and that drives down prices.
For now, the Mac is relegated to educational instruction, while the iPod touch has become the game platform of choice among my curtain climbers.