ABC Follow Me Food Festival is a new educational game from Prison Games, and this is the latest in a lineup that can help little ones to learn their way around foods, the market, the bakery, restaurants, and more.
So is ABC Follow Me Food Festival a worthwhile educational title for your children and those learning English? Or does this one miss the mark? Let’s find out!
ABC Follow Me Food Festival throws you right to the menu upon start up. What you are presented with are multiple options ranging from very basic English education to a little more advanced thanks to the themed options surrounding food and food-related vocabulary.
Just to be clear, this is not a game designed for people who have already gained a grasp of the written English language. Instead, this is specifically targeting those who are early in their English learning and are wanting to tackle the topic of food. In that, ABC Follow Me Food Festival hits its target demographic quite well, as it helps with spelling, writing thanks to the touch screen, and pronunciation.
A quality-of-life improvement that could have made the start-up a little easier would have been a quick tutorial on how the system works and a basic introduction to all of the different options. It is fairly simple without the instruction, but I think considering who the target audience is, a little more help with getting your foot in the door could go a long way.
At the top of the main menu are Your Word, 123, and ABC. These are the absolute basics, as 123 takes you through the numbers and ABC takes you through the English alphabet. This is a great option for those just learning English and are wanting a little help to get their numbers and letters down. Your Word allows you to type in your own word and write it out, but this option does not pronounce the words like the main areas do.
Speaking of the main areas, ABC Follow Me Food Festival has the Market, Bakery, and Restaurant to pull its words from. There are 79 total words between the three sections, and learners are graded 1-3 stars depending on how well they write. It is a decent amount of words that will keep early learners busy, but I’m afraid once they finish learning all of these words, there is little-to-no reason to return. Another small thing I found odd was the random use of capital letters throughout the lessons, especially since capitals are not taught within the ABC section.
The presentation and overall look and feel of ABC Follow Me Food Festival is rather pleasant, though. The little foods that peak at you during each lesson are adorable, and the simple design helps to keep navigation easy. The music is decent, but I do find it odd that there is a Nintendo eShop option on the main menu that takes you to the game’s page where you can spend extra money on a music pack. If it is anything like the music already available, I cannot advise spending more on it.
ABC Follow Me Food Festival is a fun way to introduce food and food-themed words to those early in their English learning. The addition of teaching basic numbers and the alphabet further supports that, although the addition of teaching capital letters would have been ideal. The words provided are great, but again, I do find it odd that some words are all lower case, some are all upper case, and others begin with a capital letter. It’s just weird, in my opinion.
The price may seem a little high considering all that you are getting, but I do still recommend this for those with small children that are learning English. My 8-year-daughter rather enjoyed ABC Follow Me Food Festival and even learned some new words thanks to the themed word banks. She is, however, a bit advanced for what is being presented, though, which makes me think this would be perfect for children in kindergarten or 1st grade.
If you are on the edge with this one, it is currently 70% off as of this review, and it appears that these games do go on sale often. With that in mind, head over to the game’s page, add it to your Wish List, and wait for that email to come in to let you know it is cheaper. At a discounted price, this is a definite for those learning English. At full price, it may be a tougher pill to swallow, but overall, this is still a solid English learning experience for those interested.
Good education for early English learners
Touch controls are stellar
Easy to navigate
Doesn't teach capital letters but uses them
Full price may be intimidating
No reason to return once finished
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