I have been having a look at Buzz Jungle Party recently, particulalry in view of how it might be able to play a role in Nursery and early Years settings. This game is associated with the successful Buzz stable from Relentless software although it was developed by Magenta Software.
It is a well crafted social game that has players competing in a fast moving quiz via a simplified handset that has one big red button and four smaller coloured buttons. Although there are 40 mini-games within this application you don't need to play them all...you can select and customise games to suit the particular needs of the children you are working with and the concepts/strategies you wish to be working on.
I spent two Friday evenings recently playing all the games in Buzz Jungle Party with the express intention of identifying the games that may or may not be of use in the pre-school/Early Years setting. You can download the my report below:
There are a number of games that practitioners may feel are unsuitable for Early Years children in terms of the slapstick violence that is contained within some of these games. I have attempted to highlight these by colour coding each activity.
Green no problems
Orange issues of concern
Red real issues of concern
The arguments surrounding this issue are complex and in many cases down to individual judgement but I felt that it was better to make practitioners aware of the ‘slapstick violent’ aspect of some of the games. Please do not focus on this though as this is a super piece of software that is so engaging, enjoyable and challenging for children… and adults too!
Good luck with it.