This time though, I said, “OK”. The product looked pretty cool and I was interested in giving it a test run and doing a write up was a small price to pay. The product? A edutainment software program called ItzaBitza.
Keep reading, because somewhere between here and the end of this post I’ll tell you how you can enter to win your own copy of the game! (note: PC only – sorry Mac peeps)
What exactly is ItzaBitza? The maker of the game describe it as…
A fresh approach to educational software. New learning science and drawing technology combine to engage early readers and encourage creativity. ItzaBitza is the kids game where your child’s “Oooh Aahh” meets “Aha!”.
I’d say that is a pretty fair description.
On it’s surface it’s a drawing program, that’s what the kids see it as at least. The twist here is that the drawings that the kids make come to life on the screen.
All the while it’s also a game that will prompt your early reader to keep reading, providing help anywhere and everywhere it’s needed based on their reading prowess. But that’s not to say the game is only for early readers. All of my kids enjoyed the game.
Pretty cool, huh?
So, what did the kids (and I) think about the game? Read on…
My kids have really gotten a kick out of it, they think, “it’s fun to see what you draw come to life“, “playing in the different worlds is fun“, “the game is very creative and fun.” “Any game with cow poop must be cool.”
On the whole, I would agree with them (especially about the cow poop!). I do have a few quibbles with the game, but nothing major. One thing I do wish is that the game had different user profiles. On more than one occasion one of the kids was bummed out that somebody else (probably me!) unlocked a new area. They enjoyed the accomplishment of completing those tasks themselves. But aside from that, and that’s no showstopper, everything I had ‘issues’ with was very minor.
Sounds good? Want to get your hot little hands on a copy of the game?
Leave a comment on this post saying that you would like to be entered (just make sure you leave a valid email address in the email field of the comment screen).
Bottom line? Well worth the price of a DVD. Fun for a good range ages, not just young readers!
Good luck to all who enter. Oh, and if you don’t win – or want to see if you should enter – you can download a 2-day trial copy of ItzaBitza to kick the tires a bit.