Neverwinter is a Massively Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game (or MMORPG) set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. The player creates a character and selects the race and class (or job) of their character. Race choices include typical fantasy things like elf, dwarf, and human. Classes include things like fighter and cleric.
Once they have created their character, the player is put into the world and sent out on adventures. It begins with the player’s washed up on shore and going through several tutorial scenarios against undead creatures. The further into the game they get, the more difficult the missions get. The treasure, weapons, and skills of the character will also advance. The overall goal is, loosely, to beat the bad guy and save the world.
This game does have in-game purchases available. The ESRB rated Neverwinter T for Teen due to blood and violence.
Neverwinter helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
This game involves a lot of combat. In some cases, this combat includes a large number of enemies. If the player doesn’t ignore internal and external distractions, as well as splitting their focus among all the enemies, the player’s character will lose all their health and end up having to start the mission over again. The player also will face a large variety of mission types and lengths. Some can be as simple as introducing their character to someone. Some can be as complex as clearing out an entire sewer system or series of ruins. This means the player will also get the chance to practice both long-term and short-term focus skills.
Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Since this game has a large number of missions and side missions, the player also gets a great chance to practice using their working memory skills. While there is a quest log, remembering what their mission is without having to keep looking it up will help the player save time. Keeping a mental map of the environment will also practice working memory skills and help the player know where to go to finish missions. Finally, the player will also be able to work on working memory skills like improving forgetfulness when they are in combat. Different creatures have different combat styles and weaknesses. The better the player remembers this, the better they will do in battle.
This game includes a lot of reading. The player has to read to get the missions and the storyline. They also have chances to select how their character responds. With all this reading, there is bound to be words that are not familiar to most players. This means that there is a great chance to practice comprehension skills like context clues. And if there is a stronger, more experienced reader sitting with the player, there is a great chance for discussion and added support to aid in the growth.
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