Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks Virtual World

"Wiglington & Wenks  is a children's story book series by John Bittleston that has been turned into a Virtual World intended to help 7-14 year olds interact with history, geography, landmarks, inventions, nature, wildlife, the environment, and more."

Your child becomes a traveler in this virtual world.  They create a character and travel from place to place running into famous historical figures along the way.

Travelers have the chance to esign an island, dress up in native garb, and learn geography.

My nine year old son, Ben, really enjoyed the concept of this, but we were both a bit disheartened when we played at how difficult it was to know your way around. But, we finally figured it out as we continued to play it.

**I have a few major concerns about this virtual world.  There is no way to tell if the kiddos are interacting with other kids or whether they are adults pretending to be kiddos.  The other is the chat feature.  I am against children "chatting" with others.  I see no need for this in this type of game.  It is a red flag to me.

Another thing I do not like is it is not very educational.  It is more fun with a bit of education "thrown" in.  Your kiddos will also run into evolution topics as well.

Kind of spendy too!  You can always use the free version, but just can not have access to all of the locations.  I find that kind of wrong in a way as the children would never be able to finish the game.

 Price:  You can get access and play the game for free, but to enjoy the entire game (go to more places etc..) there is a cost.  $5.99 per month, with discounts available for longer subscriptions.

Check out what other TOS crew members thought.

*I was given a free membership to this website to review for the TOS crew.  I am not compensated in any way.

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