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Posts from the ‘Casual’ Category

Sid the Science Kid Read & Play for iPad

I’m back! SIGGRAPH and summer travel kept me away from playing games. After this post I’m going to switch gears and start reviewing some non-iOS non-kids non-learning games. But, before changing things up I wanted to review Sid Read & Play because it was recently released and I wanted to see if there were any differences between it and the older iPad learning games I’ve been playing. Read more

Club Penguin

I have been wanting to play a MMORPG, but I have a hard time getting into some of the fantasy elements of WoW. So, I thought I’d ease my way into the genre by starting with an MMO a little more my style – Club Penguin! The penguins are cute and inviting, which is perfect for kids ages 8 to tween, and me. While looks can be deceiving, I felt that my experience was what I expected, both affable and positive. Read more

Rosita’s Jump Count

When I read that Sesame Workshop partnered with IDEO to create some apps I was thrilled! I look to them as leaders in children’s educational media and human-centered design, respectively. And such, I expected big things from their partnership. To be fair, I haven’t played all of their apps, but I did play Rosita’s Jump Count and I was disappointed. Read more

Super Mario 3D Land

I feel that a Super Mario game is an ambitious first game to review, but I have to pay homage to Shigeru Miyamoto and his team for their abilities to create accessible user experiences.  I appreciate their style of communicating information to the player – it’s simple and effective.  Let me pause here to tell you what I mean by accessibleRead more

Rules Tina Plays By

Tina has started playing games!  Each blog post will focus on one game, and will follow the format of this post.  I’ll start out with a prose description of my experience playing the game.  I’ll aim to say witty and insightful things, but that won’t always happen.  I’ll include some details not covered in the categories below such as what I thought about the mechanics, story, art and so forth. Read more