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My Word Coach
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- The game evaluates your level, tracks and rewards your personal progression
- 17,000 words
- Large variety of games
- DS-Wii connectivity
- Includes 5 multiplayer games when linking the DS and Wii
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Platform: Nintendo Wii
Top Customer Reviews
Do you have a kid who hasn't read enough to build a large vocabulary and strong spelling skills? This game provides lots of word practice with a series of different games -- my son seemed almost surprised at the end of his first series that he had learned so much. There's lots of reading (definitions, etc.) which I think would make it tricky for kids much younger than ten. Each player sets a profile(up to 8 profiles - after that you play as a guest or delete a prior profile)that provides progress graphs and high score history for encouragement. There are vocabulary games (e.g. Split Decision where you match the word on the screen to its correct definition) and spelling games (what could be more fun than grafitti-style spray painting to fill in the missing letter or correct a wrong letter?), with six training games in all. We haven't tried the multiplayer option yet, nor have we used the DS to play Missing Letter. There appear to be lots of options to keep a player's interst as the game gets harder -- for instance, both definitions may be wrong in Split Decision. My soon-to-be eleven year old played for over two hours tonight -- there's a slight learning curve, but he figured it out on his own without getting frustrated. He intuitively began picking up on clues such as how to guess a word from the definition. My son says it's "lots of fun -- almost, but not quite, like a regular game." There's an emphasis on vocabulary that should prove helpful to young readers who have a basic familiarity with a word, but the game also provides lots of spelling opportunities. I predict libraries and after-school programs will be holding lots of competitions with this game. We liked Spelling Challenges (DS version is portable and only $20 ) -- we love My Word Coach.
I still have some learning to do on that end but when talking about the content of the game - it's excellent! Lots of games to keep the player going and what's nice is that REAL learning is taking place. This is very simlar to the DS game in content but certainly easier for us "visually challenged" presbyopic folks (that means we need reading glasses!!).
If it takes a short while to get used to the controls - hang in there. I think the game is worth getting the hang of the controls. And hey, it's one place where you can spraypaint letters and not get chastized for it!
1. In terms of ease of gameplay, the controls are awful. They appear to have wanted to take advantage of the novelty of the wii-mote with no thought as to how the difficulty of maneuvering would impact gameplay.
2. The overall tone of the walk-through and the grading was a bit patronizing.
3. Performing the same tasks over and over again in order to open new ones was not interesting.
4. While they managed to pick challenging vocabulary, much of the words do not seem like particularly useful terms to know.
5. The competition with other players is lacking.
I think there are better games, particularly on the DS and the Wii, to challenge people mentally. I personally favor Big Brain Academy over this game. While those games do not pay much attention to vocabulary or spelling, this game proves to me that there is still a ways to go before we master bringing those subjects into a video game format.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this for my mom who had a stroke, in an effort to help her with spelling. It seems like a great game, but it was a little too confusing and stressful for her. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NZgirl
This game is a little hard to figure out and when you do...it's not a fun game.Published 5 months ago by jct529
I would rate it this game much higher if it were not for how you have to input answers. I often get marked incorrect for not being quick enough, Are you kidding me? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Leslie C.
I am not impressed. I assumed a word-teaching program would be geared to kids learning to read, like my 2nd son who has been reading for about a year and a half. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kenneth R. Myers
I have a Wii that I primarily use for exercise games, including all the dance games. However, I also have a small collection of other games that I have purchased to supplement my... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Former Baker
I homeschool my independent Little Princess who seems to Magically learn at her own pace. The Word Cereal is so cute!! Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by SchoolMom
My son loves games and he really enjoyed this but not because it challenged him at all. It was cute I guess.Published on September 20, 2013 by daneka pearson