If your child got a NIntendo DS for Christmas, you may be despairing right now because they're spending all their time playing games rather than reading books.
Now a new series of games called FLIPS aims to change that by turning the Nintendo DS into an interactive book. FLIPS uses the DS touchscreen and stylus to enable children to read and interact, combining the world of storytelling with quizzes and references to characters.
The range includes modern classic titles from authors such as Cathy Cassidy, Eoin Colfer, Enid Blyton, and the popular boys series, 'Too Ghoul for School'. Each FLIPS title features six to eight books and the first four titles have just been released, with more to follow.
We were sent the FLIPS Enid Blyton Faraway Tree Stories to try out. My nine-year-old daughter loved it. She's been wanting her own version of a grown-up ebook reader, but this was much better. This is a great game for travelling, as one tiny DS cartridge contains the equivalent of up to eight books – perfect for the bookworm on the move.
Within the books, there are links to extra content which is accessed by tapping the screen. In the Enid Blyton books we collected mushrooms, feathers, flowers and musical notes. This led to recipes and ideas for things to make and do, so effectively the game player is rewarded for reading. This might appeal to the competitive spirit of a child who is otherwise reluctant to read books.
Each FLIPS title is sold separately with an RRP of £24.99. If you have some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, they're currently on special offer at Amazon for £17.99. It's a great game for any child who needs a boost to their reading confidence, or a new way to enjoy books.