Although it might be a stretch to call it an educational game, wungi Knights is a cute 3D adventure game that follows a knight who goes on a quest to bring back a stolen castle. With your child’s help, he completes mini-games that require skills in matching objects, aiming at targets, and completing simple puzzles. There’s plenty of flying, galloping, and charging action going on here, so your little one will stay entertained. The app also happens to be wordless, making it accessible to even young children or children who are working to improve their language skills.
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There’s no set route to follow, and the mini-games can be played in any order. There’s an archery range, an old witch’s cauldron, and a hungry dragon included among the activities. Children are allowed to replay favorite games, and there are bonus blocks hidden throughout the course. With each block he earns, the knight comes closer to bringing the castle back and winning m’lady’s favor. It takes a while to accumulate enough reward blocks, so the game isn’t over in two or three minutes.
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There is a lot to like about wungi Knights. It’s a simple, well-designed app that preschoolers (ages 3-6) can learn to use independently. Being wordless, the directions are indicated by arrows and flashing stars. The only trick is learning how to get the horse to trot and the dragon to fly, and these skills improve each time it is played. As a teacher, I appreciate the fact that wungi Knights offers children a chance to play an age appropriate adventure game that contains no violence. This game meets expectations for user interface, graphic design and animation. Where it exceeds expectations is in its creative use of the knights and dragons theme.
Some parents might question the educational value of a wordless app, but there really is a benefit. For children who struggle with following directions, the ability to play a game without needing good language skills levels the playing field, and offers independence in gameplay, a very motivating feeling. The fun factor is built into wungi Knights, as are magical spells and obstacles that must be overcome. In short, if your preschooler is a fan of knights and dragons, this is definitely an app to consider.
RRP - $0.99/£0.69/€0.89
At the time of this review, wungi Knights includes no ads or in-app purchases, nor does it contain links to the web or social media. Your child’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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