Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Jump Start

So, I was given a super cool opportunity!  I was contacted by Jump Start to try out their game: Jump Start, it’s an online multiplayer game.  And my boys love it.
Here’s the lowdown, to start you download a brief application, and then from there you make a character.  From there you can go to different parts of the world to play games.
Petz One of my boy’s favorite features is the ability to buy pets.  How do you get the money to buy pets?  You play different games.  I like that you get more money from playing educational games then you do from playing the random run around type of games.  So far, I think Batman has bought a robot and…..
A ride.  He bought a tricycle.  Which means he’s played enough games to get a couple hundred coins.
So, what do my kids think?
Batman’s take: I like sliding with that game.  Now can I play that game?     I love getting the flying suit that has wings.  And one other one is I like getting to ride and having a flying suit on.  Don’t get a ride when you’re wearing a flying suit.  That’s the three things I like.  I like the one that has a dragon.  The dragon game. (the picture is of Batman playing it for the first time while sitting on my lap)Slide
Superman’s take:  My person has a flying suit and flys.  I want my guy to fly.  That’s all I like (my comment: That’s such a lie, I couldn’t get the silly boy off it, for so long).
My take:  I love it.  My boys love it, and it’s got a good interface, I much prefer them to be playing this than trying to play my characters on World of Warcraft, on that they always need my help to do things, because it’s not a game for 5 year olds.  Okay, it’s a little weird to realize my boys are 5.  They like it so much that we had to set up our old computer so they had a place they could play without taking over mine or Jeff’s computer.
This is a fun way for them to learn mouse skills, keyboard skills, and it’s a game that is appropriate for them to play that lets them feel like they have a game like Mommy and Daddy do.
Let’s see what else should I tell you about it?  Oh, there are two different versions of it, there is the paid and free versions.  If you’re not up to paying for it there is still A LOT to do, but there is so much more if you get the subscription version.  Also it scales with their skill level.  There are areas geared for 3 year olds, and areas geared for 8 year olds.  There are so many different areas that in the two weeks of playing with it, I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Downsides: because, it’s not a good review if it’s all glowing, I think.  I felt like some of the beginning quests were somewhat frustrating in AdventureWorld.  You had to go to different boxes in a set order, but you were able to open them out of order and get credit, but you still were told to do it again.  I thought that was a little weird.
Only other one I could think of was I’d like to be able to adjust camera angle, but I don’t think most kids would think of wanting to do that.  It took me some thinking to think of these two things.
And, I almost forgot to mention, they have a super cool blog, if you’re wanting some great ideas of things to do they put some up from time to time.  Of course, there’s also a lot of news and tips and tricks for the game, but it also has cool random facts and other things, so check it out.

Now, we come to the part that is exciting for you.  I get to giveaway a 3 month subscription to one of you.
Here’s how to enter.  Go to the Jump start blog and tell me one thing going on behind the scenes.
Extra entries:
1.  Become a follower, or if you’re already one, tell me.  This counts for two entries, so put in two comments.  Say: Following entry one, following entry two.
2.  Give me a suggestion of another great computer game for little guys.  I’ve had horrible luck with buying games, so I’d like suggestions.  This is truly the first game my kids have been interested in playing.
3.  Go back to their blog again, look around, and tell me what your favorite learning tip is.
Check it out, seriously you won’t regret it.

And finally, one last thing:
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY, since it's not something mailed, there's no problems there.
And this closes on Friday, April 9

I almost forgot: LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO: DisclosureI was provided with a JumpStart membership at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.
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