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Fun & Learning: Free Online Games and Downloadable Games for Kids and Families

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We are on the lookout for online games and downloadable games for kids and families. Here's our picks, along with our comments.

Word Games

Text Twist

Description:



How many words do you know? Make as many words as you can with the letters you're given. Use all your letters to make a word and you'll move on to the next round. If you get stuck, just click on Twist for a hint. Don't worry, they've already thought of all the words. You just have to tell them what they are!

System Req:


Windows:
  95/98/ME/2000/XP
  16-bit Graphics Card
  16-bit Sound Card
  32MB RAM

Mac:
  Mac OS 10.1 or better

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EdutainingKids Comments: Top Pick. This is an excellent, addictive game--our personal favorite. You know you're addicted when you see words around you and, by force of habit, start making little words out of them (I caught myself automatically reducing the word Walmart to arm, mar, ram, mart, etc., one day when I was going shopping!). Timed mode is best, but untimed mode is a great option for kids. It's somewhat challenging, so we recommend it for kids ages 9 and up. Adults will love it too!

 

Scrabble

Description:



The World's Best Loved Word Game is now the ultimate interactive word game! The game plays the way you've always known it, but now stunning graphics, multiple difficulty levels, pop-up menus and more, come to vivid life on your desktop. It's everything you love about Scrabble in one easy download. A whole new level of fun!

System Req:


Windows:
  98/ME/2000/XP
  400 Mhz or faster processor
  64MB RAM
  37.5MB free disk space
  DirectX 7.0
 

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EdutainingKids Comments: Kids can play against their family and friends, or vie against an animated computer opponent. Eight unique skill levels make this appropriate for kids as young as 8 or 9. High scores are tracked, and a hint feature helps when kids get stuck. Scrabble is a beloved classic, and it's educational, too!

   
Puzzles and Puzzle Games:

SpongeBob SquarePants Jigsaw

Description:



Nick Jigsaw offers all the great features of  Super Jigsaw games and includes images from some of the most popular Nickelodeon cartoons--in this case, SpongeBob Squarepants!

System Req:


Windows:
  98/ME/2000/XP
  32MB RAM
  16 bit Graphics and Sound

Mac:
  OS 10.1 or later

 

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EdutainingKids Comments: This demo lasts only an hour, but it's worth it! Kids will love putting SpongeBob pictures back together again. The puzzles can be done with traditional jigsaw shapes or squares, pieces can be rotated only if desired, areas can be magnified, and so forth. Plenty of features here!

 

Dora the Explorer Jigsaw

Description:



Nick Jigsaw offers all the great features of Super Jigsaw games and includes images from some of the most popular Nickelodeon cartoons. This one features puzzle images from Dora the Explorer, a preschooler favorite.

System Req:


Windows:
  98/ME/2000/XP
  32MB RAM
  16 bit Graphics and Sound

Mac:
  OS 10.1 or later

 

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EdutainingKids Comments: The demo only lasts an hour, but kids will have fun with this customizable jigsaw puzzle that boasts plenty of features, including the ability to save games to complete later, to choose the number of pieces per puzzle, to add challenge by allowing puzzle piece rotation, and more. 

 

SpongeBob Squarepants Collapse!

Description:



What's more fun than watching SpongeBob SquarePants, or playing Collapse!? SpongeBob SquarePants Collapse, of course! This new game offers you the best of both.

Think Super Collapse, but with SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, bubbles, jellyfish and starfish -- you get the picture -- it's SpongeBob SquarePants Collapse!

System Req:


Windows:
  95/98/ME/2000/XP
  32MB RAM
  16-bit Graphics & Sound Card

Mac:
  OS X 10.1 or better

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EdutainingKids Comments: This game features the SpongeBob theme, fun graphics, and the ability to choose a starting level. 

 

 
Music

Tap a Jam

Description:



Tap a Jam is the most fun you've ever had with music. But don't worry, Tap a Jam requires no musical skills whatsoever. We've already made the music for you. All you have to do is follow the symbols on the screen and your fingers will be dancing their way to high scores in no time.

Choose from over 30 different songs and increasing levels of difficulty - there's even a tutorial to get you started. Once you've got it down, challenge your friends to beat your scores - see who's got the most rhythm.

There's even a Beat Box to crank out your own jams. Just choose your beat, your base line, and start recording your own grooves. You can even save your songs to share with your friends.


System Req:


Windows:
  95/98/ME/2000/XP
  32MB RAM
  16-bit Graphics and Sound

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EdutainingKids Comments: This game features 3 difficulty levels to accommodate different skill sets, and an option to record your own tracks. Kids will have a great time with this one. 

 

Music Ace Deluxe Software Demo

Description:



The full software version of Music Ace Deluxe (see our review of the software) combines 36 of the highly-engaging music lessons from the award-winning Music Ace and Music Ace 2 products into a single, carefully sequenced product.

Designed by music education professionals, the program is a comprehensive series of music lessons and games that teach beginning music students of all ages the basics of music theory, rhythm, pitch, note reading, listening, and the keyboard. No previous musical experience or instrument is required.

Under the guidance of animated tutor Maestro Max, students are led through a carefully sequenced series of music lessons. Used alone or as a complement to traditional music lessons, this program will challenge, engage and motivate music students and help them succeed by mastering important music concepts and skills.

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EdutainingKids Comments: This is a demo version of the excellent software. Kids can sample some of the music lessons the product offers, as well as the fun and educational Doodle Pad for some freeform music fun. 

 
   


Family Games:

At RealArcade, users with a RealArcade GamePass have access to high-quality games (arcade, puzzle, word games, and more) and get a free video game of their choice each month. The games offered include ones appropriate for kids, as well as adults. RealArcade has over 180 games--click here for a free 30-day trial of RealArcade GamePass. Highly recommended.

Family Music:

Do your kids love listening to music online? With music downloads now such an "iffy" thing, there is a certain level of comfort when you can download music safely and legally. Our favorite site for music downloads is RealRhapsody. Listen to Music Online with 750,000+ Songs at your fingertips with RealRhapsody. 14 day free trial, then only $9.95 month The range of music offered will suit every member of the family -- they have rock, alternative, classical, children's, and more. Basically, your family can listen to any song in the library while online. If users want to burn a song for offline use, it will cost them 79 cents.  Kids, especially tweeners and teens, love this!

 

 



 


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