TOS REVIEW: The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World
Join Wiglington and Winks on a adventure traveling the world, solving puzzles, solving mysteries, and learning in the process! Based upon,Wiglington and Wenks, a children's story book series by John Bittleston, the series 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.
Creating his or her own character, your child joins W&W on a virtual tour of the world, visiting all the continents except Antarctica. As the traveler learns more,
then more items or landmarks are opened. The traveler also has the fun of creating an island, earning costumes to wear, and playing mini-games. Children from around the world join in the interaction as they play and explore together in this virtual world. We chose to not use my son's real name as you do make "virtual friends" on the game and can see each other's names. Our son also enjoyed the quest to locate and help Historical Figures. The traveler can interact with a diverse set of characters such as Wild Bill, St. Patrick, Beethoven and others.
Our twelve year old is a self proclaimed "gamer dude". His Father enjoys it too (smile), ok, so do we all. We try to find ones with at least some type of educational twist to them, interactive, or sports related. We really enjoy games of strategy and logic. Our son is a pretty far advanced player. We found this game to be beneath him both academically and as a game. He felt it was good for reviewing Elementary students in Geography and Historical Figures. He suggested that you ask your child what facts were twisted in order to continue the storyline. He felt the game was too slow, that the introduction was not clear for beginners, and that it was a waste of his time. While he was able to play the game easily, it was so beneath him that he bored quickly. He did like the concept though. This might be something you used on Friday's as a review and reward for your Elementary students.
This is not a purely educational product but is an option for your younger 'gamers'.
Overall, it is well presented and visually attractive for most fourteen and under children, while my son would say ten and under.
You may check out the adventure with Wiglington & Wenks by setting up a free account. You can then upgrade to a paid subscription or not based on your own experience. We have chosen to not renew the free one month trial we had as an "Elite Quest Traveler". You can read about other families experiences at the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog. We received the free one month subscription for our honest reviews about our experiences. The paid subscription opens up more locations, games, and other items to interact with. Monthly paid memberships are $5.99, with discounts for longer subscription plans available. To learn even more visit the website and view the two free videos that further give you a look into this virtual world.