My kids are learning to spell and speak in complete sentences. Thanks to plenty of adult supervision, no ga ga or goo goo talk. And a few Mac apps to instruct and teach while the kids play.
As they move into kindergarten and primary school age, the quality of instructional apps and games needs to improve to match their skills. There’s only one thing missing. Money.
Get Out Your Credit Card, Daddy
Our household is Mac savvy. We’re game savvy. App savvy. And, in a crazy economy, becoming more and more money savvy. I’ll buy some games for kids sight unseen.
As long as the price can be seen, and as long as the price is under $2.00.
After that, I want a demo app, a trial period, an option to buy-before-I-try.
Along comes an interesting Mac game that blends all those pieces I’m looking for except the one that counts plenty in my world.
Words Rock! is a Mac App Store game that’s perfect for K through whatever. It teaches spelling skills, grammar, even punctuation. And it does it in an attractive, colorful game format.
It’s got slugs. It’s got multiple levels (16). It’s got 3,200 activities.
Did I mention it has slugs?
Kids go gaga over slugs. If it’s not yuk, it’s kewl.
The slugs are slippery, invisible, devious. Like some of my husband’s relatives.
Each player is a Freak Seeker and gets cool gadgets to outsmart other Freak Seekers. Find a slug, get a bounty (few slugs in the world is not a bad thing).
What’s not to like? In the age of attractive games for kids that range from 99-cents to $4.99, my desire to try-before-I-buy is growing. Fortunately, as expensive as Words Rock! is, there’s an option to trial first.
That’s what God intended for Mac apps that cost more than $4.99.