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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a comprehensive language game experience on the DS., November 16, 2007
This review is from: My Word Coach - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
While some other "nongames" provide limited access to linguistics-based challenges, this is the first I've seen to really capture the joy of engaging with language. I am seriously impressed with this title, and I've been recommending it to parents and colleagues alike.

The good stuff:
- All six training games are engaging, and they never get old, since the words are always changing.
- Even the games that focus on spelling are simultaneously engaging you with definitions.
- The training games feel intuitive with the DS stylus, moreso than I imagine the Wii Remote might feel.
- The games are physically fun to play. Move, arrange, rotate, or draw objects. It's more than just writing.
- The game has intelligently tracked my vocabulary level; I constantly feel challenged, but not overwhelmed.
- The unlocks come frequently, but the pacing is deliberately gradual to retain words in active memory.
- A great experience for 10-30 minutes a day.

What to watch out for:
- As far as I can tell, there is no left-handed support for the one training game where you hold the DS vertically. This is actually a pretty unforgivable oversight. If you are left-handed, you may want to think twice about this purchase.
- Remember that you can turn off the music in the settings screen, and that you will probably want to.

Another review mentioned the lack of pronunciation guide as a problem. I agree that it's a missed opportunity, but it's not a dealbreaker. The lack of southpaw support might be, though, if you happen to be left-handed.

NOTE: comments below indicate varying levels of comfort/success with left-handedness. Your mileage may vary! Someone I know personally had great difficulty attempting one of the six modes left-handed. That's the only reason I mention it at all.
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Initial post: Nov 29, 2007 7:24:52 AM PST
MangaReader says:
I love this game and I am left handed and I have no trouble at all with this game.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 5:37:19 PM PST
Terri says:
You have to be left-handed to know if it would be a problem! I am left-handed and I, like others who are also, learn to adapt. For alot of us, and those of us who are ambi, it's not a problem at all!

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 3:44:05 PM PST
I am also left-handed, and while I can fly through the other exercises with a lot of bonus time, I am always penalized for the game in question (Block Letters). Being stubborn though, it just makes be try that one even more. (Last time I only ran over by 3 seconds). So maybe in addition to improving my vocabulary, it is also helping to make me ambidextrous. ;) Maybe I should invest in "Left Brain, Right Brain," too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009 4:34:04 PM PST
L. SOWERS says:
I thought it was just not possible to get through block letters in the time allotted. Have had to wait for the letters to fall so I could get the last word done. Didn't think it was my lefthandedness causing it.
What I'm irked with is that it is keeping me sitting at 99% for and 15000 words for 10 days now. That professor Archibald is a real meanie!

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 2:26:41 PM PDT
D. Champlin says:
Thank you - - - All you lefties out there. I was going to get this game for my son and I to work with this summer to keep him active during the summer months. I almost didn't by it because of the left handed comment, but now I will purchase it. My son is a lefty and I'm an ambi so I usually don't have troubles but he's still learning. Thanks again lefties for your comments. :0)
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