Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Bash Review & Giveaway #5 - The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World *CLOSED*

My 5 year old, Alex, loves video games of any kind. So when I received a email telling me about The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks at http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com/ I jumped on the offer to review it. I created my son an account and was credited 3 months free play. Alex played for well over 2 hrs in that first sitting. He loved it and he actually asked to play it before his facebook games.


OUR MESSAGE TO PARENTS

Adapted from a popular children story book series by John Bittleston, we have created The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World as an enriching, immersive and safe online environment for kids to learn about the world through traveling to different factual and imaginative places, meeting famous people from the past, discovering mysteries and artifacts and making friends with children from different cultural backgrounds around the world.
You can create a free account for your child and let him/her start his/her learning journey to places around the world and beyond.

We have carefully designed every aspect of the virtual world-from the graphics to the game mechanics-to make sure that it will be as fun as it is educational. Facts about history and geography which kids usually find boring in a normal class setting are presented in creative ways, backed up with a compelling story plot, motivating kids to learn while having fun and to explore further.
As parents, you can expect your child to learn about history, geography, famed landmarks, famous historical people, inventions, nature and wildlife among many others. And for the children, they can expect hours and hours of discovery and explorative fun.
Your child can enjoy an even more enriching experience in our virtual world by becoming an Elite Quest Traveler which will allow him access to more locations, games and virtual items and participation in so much more activities.
We invite you to browse through our parenting section to see more details on the educational and exciting adventure in store for your child in our massive virtual world. Better yet, join your child in his/her quest to become a legendary traveler in The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World!

Safety Features
Protecting children from bad influences on the internet is of paramount importance to us. For this purpose, The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World has developed a set of proprietary safety features.

No Numbers
•We have developed a system that cleverly filters out telephone numbers and addresses to prevent the exchange of sensitive information.

No URL Links
•URL links are disallowed to prevent the dissemination of inappropriate websites.

No Vulgarities
•Vulgarities will not be tolerated in our virtual world! Vulgarities will be censored and repeat offenders will be temporarily banned or barred permanently from The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World.

No Private Messaging
•We disallow private messaging within our virtual world to discourage unsupervised conversations.

Reporting Feature
•Players are able to report other players who are engaging in inappropriate behavior. Moderators will investigate reports and take the necessary action.

Chat Logs
•Parents are able to request for their children’s chat logs as far back as 90 days.

Special Parents’ Admin Panel
•Parents are able to monitor the playing habits of their children.
Here are Some Highlights on Wiglington and Wenks
1. The virtual world was launched in Christmas Eve 2009 and has already gotten over 120,000 registrants from 150 countries
2. It is targeted at kids between 7 to 14 but fans up to 20 are playing the virtual world
3. Wiglington and Wenks is more massive than any other virtual worlds for kids to date - covering at present 50 over scenes and increasing to almost 200 over the next few months
4. “In Wiglington and Wenks, kids are regaled with facts as they travel to different locations in the world. The game will appeal to kids who love adventure and to kids who enjoy exploration and discovery games.” - 4 star rating from Common Sense Media (http://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/travels-wiglington-wenks)

5. Despite being a newly launched virtual world (December 2009), Wiglington and Wenks was nominated as one of the top 5 virtual worlds for kids by the readers of About.com, currently topping other established sites like Club Penguin. http://familyinternet.about.com/od/resources/ss/readerschoice10-voting_4.htm )
6. “Wiglington and Wenks is so much more than your standard virtual world, it has a rich story line with well developed characters, plot, mystery, and quests. Students are dropped into the story and invited to participate, learning through exploration, problem solving, and critical thinking.” - Winner of the Edublog Award 2009 (http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=1802)
7. The selling points of Wiglington and Wenks is the excellent artwork, level of interactivity, strong knowledge coverage, original background storyline and the promotion of history, geography, famous people, famous landmarks, inventions, culture, general knowledge, wildlife preservation and environmental issues

8. The virtual world features famous historical characters like Beethoven, Einstein, Edison, Wright Brothers, Abraham Lincoln, Emperor Qin, Gandhi, Darwin just to name a few. The players are given the task of looking for items related to these famous historical characters so that they can recover their memories.

9. Players will be going about the world searching for items, in the process learning about the world and different items found in the world. This also trains their ability to be observant - much like iSpy games. As a reviewer on Common Sense Media said - "Kids cannot help but absorb historical, geographic, environmental, or cultural facts as they travel the world to help these misplaced historical figures."

10. Games are educational yet fun. Reviews given by kids usually say that Wiglington and Wenks teaches them a lot about history without them feeling bored.

11. More information on Wiglington and Wenks can be found at -
- http://about.wiglingtonandwenks.com/
- http://features.wiglingtonandwenks.com/locations.html
- http://news.wiglingtonandwenks.com/



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