Today's word of the day is lexicon. Your very own one!
Ah words. Wouldn't life be rather dull without them and in age where the world of text speak is ruling the roost it is most refreshing to find a game like this.
It seems Ubisoft are making a massive effort to purchase a foothold in the world of edutainment and this game is certainly a worthy addition. No doubt you've already understood that this is all about expanding your vocabulary and on the whole this does deliver.
There a range of games ranging from anagrams, putting the right words to meanings and even unlocking the right word before your opponent. The graphics on the whole are pretty good although some of the personal trainers can be a bit of an irritation. Course that could be down to a grumpy 40 year old reviewer and not the target audience!
The game initially gives you a few tests to work out your vocabulary rating and then you can press on into the game. Now, this is where I have a problem.
I reached the level of journalist but unfortunately despite hitting the requisite targets it refuses to advance. Am I to spend the rest of my cyber days as a low life hack on the Wii!
Another issue I have is the quirky controls of the Wii and time limits. Why oh why must we have time limits! I like to have time to analyze what options are available rather than to think, damn I've only a few seconds left. I've lost count of the times where I've been rushed to put the letters in the right sequence only to run out of time or have the controller let me down. Tis most annoying!
Having said that I applaud Ubisoft for a damn good game. It isn't perfect but I've seen this at very cheap prices and you will almost certainly enhance your vocabulary. I only hope that if there is a follow up that they ditch the time limits. Us older ones can't keep up :D
Nice little games to unlock here as you progress with improving your vocab!
It's more fun than a dictionary: some engaging little games with decent graphics utilise the interactive capabilities of the console of the Wii in interesting ways. We have a spray can to spray letters, a grap and clutch to arrange letters, magnifying glass and block letter game etc....all providing fresh words to stick in the mind. There is still a lot more potential here though....
You can even duel in versus mode to learn those words.
There are some hitches: mainly the main interface to navigate the central options is rather annoying. It's like the conversion to WII just didn't get planned properly. And the word coach is rather annoying too, and talks too much.
Still the coach is not a bad personal touch, to keep you working and wanting praise!
So this is a decent enough dose of edu-tainment at a good price to have on one's shelf!
Great for kids too of course.
My word coach is for those of us that find ourselves as my partner says 'groping' for a word. Bless him. There are many times where we have had to write that all important letter to the bank or to a prospective new employer, only to be failed by our weak understanding of the British language, thanks to love letters under the desk and that sneaky sherbet fountain during your English lesson. And so here we all are 'groping' for those words to express our thoughts. Well obviously these big wigs that have never had that problem thanks to a same sex private school and no newspaper shop nearby, have decided to take pity on us and help us out a little bit. At a price.
First off you need to own the consoles, either a wii (£179.99 from Argos) or the Nintendo DS (around £99 from Argos), and then the game on top of that priced around £12 on Amazon and Ebay. The word coach is basically an interactive thesaurus which offers various word/spelling games and tracks your Expression Potential to tell you if you are between a Smart Toddler to a Poet/Literary Writer. Which makes learning otherwise boring words far more fun so as to appeal to older children and adults alike.
We learn an awful lot of new words at school everyday (believe it or not) and as we become older the amount of new words that we hear on a daily basis reduce dramatically. So.. by training yourself and using the games including word recognition, missing letters and a multiplayer option, all from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, we can start to learn new words and thereby are better to express ourselves. So by using this we can all avoid that embarrassing situation at a fancy dinner, meeting the parents, or sending out a CV that has gone in the bin before they have even got past your cover letter. So yes a fantastic game to teach kids and adults and yes my partner enjoyed it and now says he is 'grasping' for a word...it's a working progress I guess! But what's so wrong with reading a book these days.....?