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In this new Wii game, more adventures await children with educational purposes. Many of the activities are much like those you find on JumpStart.com, so if you didn't like the idea of playing games online, this might be right up your alley.
The back cover of the game describes the fun: "After an emergency landing, you find yourself stranded on Adventure Island. You'll need all your courage, brain power and explorer skills to repair your blimp. Will you find a way hone?" This is the basic premise of the game. Children can once again design their own Jumpee character, children control their character by way of Wii controller and nunchuck to choose and complete activities.
As always, the activities are designed with an educational purpose. The skills targeted range from basic spelling and word recognition to sentence order, cause & effect, measurements, time telling, and more!
As I said, this game is designed for children from ages 5 to 9. I think this suggested age range is pretty much right on. Children younger than 5 would have trouble completing the activities on their own and might have trouble controlling the Wii remotes properly. My own six year old, Jewel was the guinea pig for us on this one.
I will admit that my kids aren't the most well versed on video games of any type. So, it took her a while to get used to using the Wii remote a bit before she could get very far with the game. Once she was able to control the game, she had a great time! She didn't really "get" the whole concept of how she could repair the blimp, but I think that will come with time. I like the possibility of using this game for her as a reward for completing homework, etc. as we get into winter and less outdoor time. She enjoys it enough that it would be a great reward but also allow her to learn (adding more challenge to what she is learning at school). Awesome!!
As before I think the biggest drawback, if there is one, to this game is that it does take some figuring out. For us, it worked best for me to work with it a little bit before I let Jewel take a crack at it. Maybe the kids that are on the upper end of the age range wouldn't need as much guidance, and perhaps kids who are more used to video games would do better with that we well. Let me just say here, I'm not advocating letting your kids play this or any game all alone, what I mean is that older kids might have an easier time of figuring out how to make it all work.
JumpStart: Escape from Adventure Island will be available in stores on November 17th. But from now until November 16th, JumpStart is holding an amazing contest on their blog. Here's the info, straight from JumpStart:
I know you will all be wanting to get in on that action!!! Follow this link to head over to the JumpStart blog and get yourselves entered. Now, go have fun!!!
* The contest will be live from 11/2/09 to 11/16/09.
* Each person will be allowed two entries into the contest (details on contest page)
The theme of the contest is “Time to Escape!”
We want to hear how your family uses imagination to escape the everyday and turn life into an adventure! Tell us your story for a chance to win.
* 50 winners will receive a copy of JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island
* 3 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will receive a family Escape Pack (over $1000 value)!
o 1 Nintendo Wii Console
o 1 copy of JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island
o $250 in spa gift certificates
o 1 JumpStart branded flip camera
o 3 lifetime JumpStart memberships (1 for winner, 2 to share)
o 500 virtual coins for JumpStart.com
o 4 JumpStart pirate hats & 4 JumpStart kids T-shirts