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Games for your Brains!

March 13, 2009 by  

Educational games are rare. However, Nintendo, who are trying to capture casual gamers have released a few that meet the the definition of an eductional game. Here are a few to get you started.

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

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Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is one such game. Zack is a boy with a dream of becoming the greatest pirate in the world. To reach his goal, he must solve 24 puzzles. In each one, Zack must manipulate the environment in some way to finish that portion of his Quest. He is helped by his sidekick Wiki.

Whilst not being a eductional game at first sight, Zack and Wiki employ problem-solving skills in order to meet their objective. An important skill.

Arcamedic Builders

The developer Arcamedic Builders sells many Wii games which focus on math and word skills. In Grand Prix Multiplication, the performance of the player's cars depends on answering math problems correctly. With Word Frog, the player must choose antonyms, synonyms, or homonyms for specific words

Arcamedic Builders games are online games that are optimized for play on the Wii. Over one dozen games are available.

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree

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The Brain games from Nintendo have had huge success, especially on the DS. This game is based on a Nintendo DS game. The game begins with a test, in which you are rated in 5 categories. These scores are used as a baseline for future tests. One can compete with up to seven other players.

In contrast to similar games available for home computers, Wii Degree makes extensive use of the WiiMote.

Cranium Kabookii

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Cranium Kabookii is a new kind of Wii game that takes advantage of the unique features of the Wii. The game utilizes the Wii Remote and the "Kabookii Decoder Glasses". Cranium Kabookii creates a living canvas on the TV screen in which teams jam together, exercise drawing ability, act, solves puzzles and even crack codes to win games.

The activities include:

* Getting players to spraypaint the entire solar system on a wall. Believe it or not, you can hear the can shaking in your hand!

* Turn the Wiimote into a hammer to play "Auld Lang Syne" on a xylophone

*Solve word puzzles

The Kabookii Decoder Glasses are an added bonus, as they let only one player at a time to individually see the hidden clues on the TV screen. Cranium Kabookii is a wonderful educational game for all the family, and one that will keep kids entertained for hours.

Smarty Pants

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Do you have a craving for trivia? Smarty Pants: Trivia for Everyone is just such a game that will quench your appetite for trivia! It cleverly alters the questions to what is most appropriate for each individual player. The way it works is this: players reveal their ages (they do this when they create their Mii) and then the game only asks questions suitable for that age of player.

Smarty Pants is a good choice for ages eight and over, and is also an excellent choice for a family party game.

The Wii is an excellent platform for eductional games, and regardless of you age or interests, there is always an educational game for your Nintendo Wii.

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