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Star Wars: Jedi Reading

Star Wars: Jedi Reading

Fall 2009 Video Games
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Price: $24.99
Gaming System: Leapster

Star Wars fans will get a kick out of Star Wars: Jedi Reading for the Leap Frog Leapster. Players are part of the Rebel Alliance, using reading skills in three missions. Each mission is available in three skill levels, offering a variety of learning levels for different ages and abilities.

This fun game captures the essence of the original Star Wars trilogy. Perhaps the best example is the game "Asteroid Attack," where players fly the Millenium Falcon through the asteroid belt, where players blast letters to match sounds and spell words, destroying TIE fighters and asteroids along the way. In "Operation Endor" kids use their spelling skills and letter recognition by shooting at the stormtrooper with the correct letter or word. "Jedi Mind Training" involves finding letters and spelling words by selecting stones before the letters disappear. This game is the least fun of the three, only because it goes on for far too long. All of the games offer helpful hints via the hint button, including showing how the word you're looking for is spelled and sounded out. The attack against the Empire for which players have been preparing ends up being a let down - only a couple of button pushes and a series of screens showing the attack, but kids will enjoy flying the Millenium Falcon.

Star Wars: Jedi Reading may have more explosions than some parents are comfortable with, but there's something to be said for blasting through reading practice, particularly for reluctant readers.

Amy Kraft   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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