It’s a sunday afternoon, and my Xbox just decides to freeze up. So I turn to the internet for entertainment. What I didn’t expect, is that I’d be playing a game built by a seven year old girl, named Sophia. And yet here we are, reviewing “Word Jumble”.
When I review video games, I am usually judging the story, the gameplay or the graphics of the game. Rarely do I think “developing can be hard, give these guys are break!”
Today, however, I reviewed “Word Jumble”, a browser based game. It’s got no story, graphics or gameplay to dissect. An sich, it’s not that complex a game. You are presented with a word which is “jumbled” and you have got to guess the right word, and enter it.
But if you know the backstory of this game, you can’t help but look at the game in your browser, and think: “That’s pretty impressive!”
Developing for personal development
Why call it impressive? Because Word Jumble is the work of the seven year old Sophia, who recently started to code in PHP.
Sophia started developing last year, and there is little doubt that she has learned a lot from her father, who is a member of Joomla’s core development team.
Coding is, however, not something that is forced upon her. She wanted to build a game of her own after her father built one for her, some time ago. Matt, her father, challenged her to make it an education an game she could share with her class, and helped her code in certain areas that are too complex for her – for now.
Whether Sophia has got plans to continue developing in the far future, is uncertain. She is, however, a good example for children everywhere. Learning to code can help childrens’ development as it requires them to apply logic, plan ahead – and obviously have to learn a programming language.
Review: Word Jumble
Word Jumble is a browser-based game. The goal of the game is to guess which word has been “jumbled” on your screen. So Word Jumble is fundamentaly a simple game, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring or pointless. During our testing sessions, we had to stop a good few times to let our brains run at full speed, to figure out what word we were trying to guess.
Perfect for your children
Word Jumble, with it’s library of nearly 300 1st-grade level words, is a fun, educational and challenging game for your child(ren) to play. The game also keeps score, indicating what % of words you got correct.
If you’re stuck with a word, you can ask for a hint – but be warned, that will cost you some points!
While not a first-grader we enjoyed testing Word Jumble. We didn’t do too badly either, scoring a neat 52 out of 70. Think you can do better? We challenge you to give the game a try, and leave your score in the comments. No prizes, just the satisfaction of knowing you beat my high score and helped test the work of a talented 7-year old.