LQ: 9.3


Brain grade: 9.2
Fun score: 9.4

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: Any Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

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Wordington is a home renovation and decoration simulation game where the player solves crossword puzzles in order to earn money and stars to recreate a childhood home. 

After ending a bad relationship. Emma leaves the city and moves into the old home her grandfather passed on to her. Upon arriving, she sees that the home is dilapidated and dusty. Time to roll up her sleeves and get to work! As the player, you will complete crossword puzzles that allow Emma to fix up everything in the house from the squeaky floorboards to the fountain in the garden. And maybe Emma will discover mysteries left behind along the way. 

In order to complete the crossword puzzles, the player will look at a wheel of letters located below the puzzle. They will need to create words by combining the letters on the wheel; the player taps on the first letter and drags their finger to the other letters in order to combine them and form a word. If the word is a part of the puzzle, it will fill in. If it is not but is still a valid word, it will go into the bank as extra coins. 

Upon completing the puzzle, the player will receive one star. Stars are the currency the player needs to use to get tasks done around the house. The coins the player earns can be used to both purchase hints and to purchase upgraded furniture items that are beyond the basic models. 

Wordington is free to play but certain features require in-app purchases. Due to the nature of some of the ads featured, parents of younger children are encouraged to purchase the ad-free version of this game.

Wordington helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals. 

Emma has a lot of work cut out for her if she wants to fix up this old house! This means that there is constantly work to be done which requires stars. The player needs to look at what needs to be completed around the house and figure out how many word puzzles they will need to complete in order to finish all of the projects for the day. Some larger projects require more than one star so the player should be ready to plan out how many games they will need to complete and how many coins they have if they want to purchase exclusive items. For players who struggle with planning, starting by building up a store of stars can be a good way to budget out what they need for the first few days. 

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

Players need to access their working memory while playing the game because they need to remember how words are spelled as they are dragging their fingers across the wheel to spell them out. Players need to access their mental store of words in order to recall as many as possible in order to not only complete the puzzle but earn extra coins as well. For players who struggle with working memory, writing the words down on a piece of paper or speaking them into a dictation app might help them get their ideas out, letting them use the letter wheel more efficiently and easily. 

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