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Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game Tiles

Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game Tiles

Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonder Forge Inc.
Price: $11.99

This clever game reflects an emerging trend of blending iPads with other physical, tangible game elements. Once you download the free app, you place the series of thick, laminated cards around the iPad and select from the three games offered. The cards look like shapes and the Dr. Seuss characters we all love, allowing for matching or games of concentration when not used with the iPad app. The iPad serves as a spinner, timer and turn-taker as you interact with the cards. For example, in one game each player has their set of cards in front of them, and as the spinner randomly announces a shape or character, the first player to have a "yellow triangle" or "the Cat in the Hat" places that card on the iPad. The first player to use all their cards wins.

The use of the iPad doesn't really bring any unique game play that a spinner or timer couldn't do, but there is certainly a novelty value to this game. Children enjoyed playing it, and asked to play it several times. The cards have a nice feel to them, and the app is well designed. Parents said that it was nice to have a game for the family to all play together, and it was fun to all use the iPad at the same time.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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