LW4K Game Spotlight: Wide Ocean Big Jacket

This is the next video in a new LearningWorks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on Wide Ocean Big Jacket. Click below to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer J.R.  for his work on this awesome video!



Hey everyone, welcome to LearningWorks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and learn more about how video games can be a part of a balanced play diet. 

Pack up your hotdogs, your binoculars, and your firewood because we are going camping in today’s game: Wide Ocean, Big Jacket. This is a story-based game centered around four main characters: Mord and Ben, two middle schoolers who have just started dating, and Cloanne and Brad, Mord’s aunt and uncle. 

The player switches between these four characters throughout the game, interacting with the objects in the campsite and talking with the people around them. Over the course of the game, you get firewood, look for birds, tell scary stories, and make the best hot dogs in the world. But you also get to practice your self-awareness skills-the characters in Wide Ocean Big Jacket sound just like normal people, so the player can experience their feelings and think about how they would feel or react in the same situation. 

The player also needs to be focused because the main way to play through the game is by having conversations with other people. Through these conversations, you learn more about each character and come to understand who they are as people, not just random characters in a game. 

What is your favorite thing to do while camping?  Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and play throughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com!

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