Title: How Do You Spell Adventure
Source: Sanctuary Woods
Playing Time: Depends upon the player's
skill and level
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: 8MB
RAM, Super VGA Monitor, Sound Blaster Sound Card
Subject Area: Language
Objectives: To master adventures, the
player must improve spelling, reading, and language skills.
Brief Description: Levels 1-5 ages 9 to
14. Word activities include list maker (allows player to enter his/her
own words and definitions), spelling (allows player to practice spelling
words from the game's list or from a list they've created in list maker),
and vocabulary (this is an interactive game that tests the player's knowledge
of words and their definitions.
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic reading
and spelling and player "must" be phonetically inclined.
Relevance to objectives: (2) activities
are not related to the skill that is bieng developed.
Provides practice for spelling through drills. Gives player the correct
spelling of each word.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
(4) Provides good spelling practice.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: (4)
Games are fun for the younger student.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: (2)
The program is not user friendly with aided help for the student.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
(5) Graphics are pleasing for the younger student - 5th grade.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): (5) Player will not win
the game without spelling the words correctly.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): (5) This
game is accurate in that the player must spell the words correctly.
The words are common to 5th thru 8th graders
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Unknown at this time.
Clear directions for play: (1) The directions
are not clear and the helps are not guided for the user.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
(1) There are no rewards, but students can save a game and continue with
the same game at a later date and time.
Game does not offer appropriate helps in order for the student to
figure out what he/she needs to do next. This could lead to frustration
for the student and the teacher.
Reviewer: Cindy Ross
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.
COMPAQ Presario 4528