Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Time Island Review and Giveaway

Time Island is an educational online game aimed at children 6-10 years old. My 7 year old son received an awesome bag filled with stickers, wrist bands, a bandana, tattoos, and a pair of sunglasses as well as an opportunity to try out the game.

This virtual learning game takes place on a deserted island inhabited by Goggs. The goal of the game is to outsmart the Goggs and survive by completing certain tasks and solving mini-riddles. Before starting the game, my son created his avatar and named it. As he played, he explored other island habitats like beaches, caves, and lagoons. He not only had to outsmart the Goggs, he also had to take care of his avatar. He had to maintain his avatar’s hygiene, feed it, and clean his hut. He was also able to earn Time Chips in order to buy clothes, decorate his avatar’s house and other items which are needed to survive on Time Island. Although Time Chips are great to have to purchase items, the game encourages your child to find items through exploration and ingenuity.

There is also an option for your child to interact with other players on Time Island in a monitored and safe environment. They can communicate with other players using emoticons, pre-defined sentences, or regular chat (if you allow it). Curse words are also automatically removed. You, as a parent, can even create an account to track your child’s activity on Time Island.

I really love the graphics and colors in the game. What I loved most about Time Island is that the games are designed to teach skills like hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning, and logic. Since it is still in its early stages of development, there were a few glitches. The game, at times, was a bit slow to load and it wasn’t always clear what to do next. This games has great potential and I can’t wait to see how it is improved.

To learn more about the game, visit

Time Island on Facebook

Time Island on YouTube

Now for the fun stuff...the giveaway! You can win the same swag bag my son received: green drawstring bag with the Time Island logo on it filled with Time Island stickers, tattoos, wrist bands, a bandana, and a pair of sunglasses. This giveaway will close at midnight (PST) on 8/23. The winner will be announced here and notified via email. The winner will then have 48 hours to claim the prize, otherwise another winner will be drawn. The Mandatory Entry must be completed first, otherwise the Bonus Entries do not count. Please leave one comment per entry. Leave your email address so you can be notified if you win.

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Time Island and let me know what you or your kids like best about the game.

Bonus Entries:

1. Follow me publicly via GFC

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to the tweet in the comment box:

@SprMama giveaway: Win a Time Island game prize pack http://bit.ly/qMexxf

4. Like Time Island on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a prize pack in exchange for reviewing Time Island online game. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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