Wordington: Words and Design takes crossword puzzles and marries it with the popular design games. The player helps Emma make design choices to renovate the house she inherited. To do this, the player earns stars by playing levels of crosswords. Each level presents several letter tiles. The player connects the tiles to spell out words. The words fill in the crossword.
When the player has completed the crossword, the level is complete and they earn stars and coins. Stars are used to “buy” decorations for the house. The player selects a task (such as choosing a welcome mat), pays one or more stars, and then chooses the item they like best (from the three choices provided). Emma then gives a short story about her life and a new task to continue renovating the house.
The game has in-game ads and in-game purchases. The ESRB rated Wordington: Words and Design E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating. However, since it does require spelling (and a large vocabulary helps too), it is probably best for players that are in upper elementary school or older.
Wordington: Words and Design helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
In this game, the player must look at a group of letters and find many words. Not only do they have to fill in the crossword, but for any extra words they find they can also earn coins. This means that in some cases, one group of six or seven letter tiles may have dozens of words available to find. Since the letters don’t move around or anything, the player gets a great chance to practice flexibility. They have to look at the group of tiles and be willing to try new things (such as starting with a new letter). If they don’t constantly try out new combinations and arrangements, they will not find all the words. This will result in fewer levels completed, fewer stars earned, and fewer coins earned.
Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.
This game also provides organization practice. Every level requires the player to rearrange—or organize—a group of scrambled up letters. More than that, the player must organize the letters over and over again in new ways until they have gotten extra words and filled in the crossword. This gives the player plenty of practice and shows how the same group (or set of ideas) can be organized and approached from more than one way.
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