Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
My almost fourteen year-old son that is high functioning on the autism spectrum has been homeschooled for his Middle School grades. Besides reading cat books in his spare time he likes to play games.
The Rubik's World is a good game that is well suited for someone on the autism spectrum. Kids like to do puzzles and should consider trying this Nintendo DS game. I believe it is also available in Nintendo Wii format.
The following is Nicholas's interpretation of the game in his words. I had him write out the review like it was a composition assignment.
You can have a lot of fun in this game. For one thing, there are many cubes that form one colony in Rubik's World. Cubes are like small people that you can play with, as well as saving them. You can show them how things work in the real world, play songs with them, guide the cubies to roll them into exits to get points and even do math problems. You can solve the Rubik's cube from following the step-by-step instructions. Nick was not able to solve it though.
There are eight games - create, color, roll, switch, compose, calculate, fit and Rubik's cube. Music is always playing in the background, but does not interfere with the games. Nick's favorite is roll because it is similar to a maze game. Every game has instructions on how to play it correctly and more efficiently. Where you touch the stylus is where the directions for each game are located.
Rubik's World is very colorful with many options. The more cubies you save the bigger their world becomes. Besides acting like people, they have feelings too. For example, when left alone they become scared and feel uncomfortable. You can use their size and shape to play games by rolling them around with the stylus on the touch screen.
The cubies like to know what your interests are and what certain things look like, such as trees and balloons. You use the cubies and the stylus to make the pictures. In a matching game, you can switch cubies back and forth to gain points while having a great time.
In another game, shape and group the cubies to match them as the same picture on the top screen. This will grant you more points. When you have enough points, you will be able to free the entire world of cubies. The game is over after that and you start over again. Nick is close to this point now with Rubik's World
Rubik's World is as fun as a barrel of monkeys or even more so. It is challengig and excitign at the same time. In my opinion, this game is good for kid ages six and older. Three stars.
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