My gaming kids get bored with many of their PC games. Either they are not challenging enough, or they want the games to "feel" more like the games that their Dad plays. While I'm not comfortable allowing my kids to go online and challenge others in adult gaming online worlds, I do appreciate downloading paid games for a higher level of game play that encourages them to use their reading skills, and allows them to "build" in a virtual environment.
Gardenscapes did just that for my 9-year-old son. The game is part treasure-hunt and part building game, and it even gets him reading new words. The premise behind the game is that you are the owner of an estate that's full of old junk. You can sell of the items one at a time by finding them in online hidden objects games (think "Where's Waldo), then use the money you earn to buy beautiful components for your garden.
My son, who is both a lover of antiques, and even had a hand in our online vintage store last year, enjoys the selling aspect of the game. He also wants to be a carpenter or contractor when he grows up, so the part where he can buy bricks or ponds for his garden gets him very excited. Once in a while, we do have to help him out with words in the search mode, but it's a good way for us to play along with him.
This is just one of many games offered by Big Fish Games. You can likely find something for every kind of gamer at their site! (And all of their games offer one hour of free play before you buy.)
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