LQ: 8.75


Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 9.0

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Skatebird is a sports game in the style of Tony Hawk’s series of skateboarding games. In the game, you customize your own bird and skate around on a series of miniature homemade skateparks, including half pipes made from magazines and rails made from plastic straws. 

You play as a bird who lives in a house with some other birds and your “Big Friend.” Lately, Big Friend does not seem to want to do much of anything, and has even stopped their favorite sport, skateboarding. You decide that you will create your own miniature skatepark in order to keep yourself entertained and get your Big Friend to cheer up. If you are really good, you might even inspire them to pick their board back up again! 

In the game, the player controls the bird’s movements on the skateboard while pressing different buttons to execute different moves. Skating around the area will reveal other birds who live in the house who have missions for you to complete. Each mission is timed, meaning that the player needs to complete the objectives listed before the timer runs out. 

Skatebird is rated T for Teen due to lyrics in the game’s soundtrack. LearningWorks believes that every parent knows what is best for their child and should weigh this information against their own knowledge of their child when making game-purchasing decisions.

Skatebird helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

Skatebird is a great way for players to practice their working memory skills. In order to execute skating tricks in the game, the player needs to be able to remember which buttons perform which tricks while they are in the act of skating. For players who struggle with working memory, they can skate around as long as they want to practice their tricks before taking on any missions from the other birds. 

The players also need to use their working memory in order to remember the layouts of the different maps. For some challenges, the player needs to find items or remember where certain objects are located. If they cannot find them within the time limit, they will need to repeat the mission. But missions can be repeated as many times as necessary so there is no “game over” as a result. 

Time Management: Working under pressure. 

In order to complete missions from the other bird friends in the game, the player will need to check off each item on the objective list within a certain amount of time. This means the player will need to work under pressure to complete the objectives. For players who struggle with time management, these missions can be repeated as many times as necessary.

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