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Welcome to my teaching Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS lite and PSP game reviews. As well as being a parent of a teenager who is learning languages at school, I'm also fluent in French, and a trained educator myself, so I hope to bring a bit of teacher know how to these educational game reviews.

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Playing games could be good for you. All work and no play makes Jack forget what it was he went to the supermarket for. And it makes him a bit unsociable, clumsy, and like a Monday morning, but all the time. .. read now

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Starship Patrol transcends its low-fi appearance and genre stable-mates to provide an educational strategy experience which is deep and challenging, while at the same time quick-paced and entertaining... read now

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Super Scribblenauts' inventive game play relies as much on the player's imagination and life experience as on its own design. Educationally it's both engaging and unusual in a way that will appeal to Kinesthetic learners... read now

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Lifesigns DS is a mix of ideas that perplexed as much as they enticed. Biology or medical students may find some educational entertainment here, but other than them I struggle to see who would play it... read now

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KrissX engages and educates with a simple word puzzle on XBLA. After the curriculum obbsessed clasroom learning, a little light haphazzard challenge is more that welcome in my book... read now

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Music DS offers genuine tuition, inspired from montessori and Japanese know-how. While players have to work quite hard, the pay off is real musical learning... read now

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Everything about More Touchmaster is appealing and, well, just plain more-ish. Its like a half-finished bar of chocolate thats open, so you might as well have another square or two or three. Everything about it, from the cuddly icons for user profiles to the sound effects, is designed suck you in and turn you into a serious DS junkie. .. read now

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I love playing games after a long day teaching at school and it's a great way to escape for a while. Fable 2 was one of our family's must have games from last year but for some reason I only managed to play it for a few hours before it was consigned to the pile of unfinished titles. My two sons on the other hand spent many hours on it and both finished it to varying degrees of 'completeness'... read now

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Once upon a time there was Minesweeper. And, for that matter, any number of other incredibly simple but terrifyingly addictive mini-games that came free with your PC. Whilst trawling through new releases on different consoles I often wonder why it is that the improvements in memory and technology sometimes make games duller, not better. If, like me, you hanker for something simple, playable and instantly addictive, Jewel Quest Solitaire is the game for you. .. read now

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As a parent and educator I've been dubious about these language games, yet my children seem keen to play them, so I found myself looking over their shoulders with this Spanish tutor. I was immediately impressed when the game directed them to play with the sound turned up, or if they couldn't have the volume up that they should use headphones. Hearing spoken language is one of the main ways that children pick up language skills, so to me this is vital in a teaching game like this... read now

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