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"You wait ages for a great Pokémon spin-off and two come at once. Learn With Pokemon: Typing Adventure is what might once have been termed 'edutainment', a horrible portmanteau that makes us want to thrung (that's throw up a lung). It isn't so much that we don't like the sound of the word itself - though we'd be happy never to have to hear or use it again - but that it brings back bad memories of school days playing irritating maths games with self-consciously 'wacky' characters just to learn that 2 + 3 = 7. So colour us surprised to discover that this latest Pokemon spin-off is thoroughly, ahem, edutaining. Click here to read the full article"
"A strange idea that totally works, and teaches you a new skill along the way."
" Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure hopes it can make learning fun. Does it succeed though?As peripherals go, the DS keyboard is right up there with the PS3 in-car adapter and the N64 dance mat in terms of actual usefulness. It’s something made all the more ridiculous by the touch screen functionality of the DS’s lower screen, although in its defence, the official accessory is a sleek and tidy piece of kit. The ‘game’ that comes with it, though? Yeah, not so much…Bolting together the disparate elements of Pokémon catching and practical education, Typing Adventure is a noble attempt to use the strength of the brand for good in a world where many youngsters will likely learn to type before they can write. In that respect and in presentation (where it’s rare for a Pokémon game to falter, in truth) Typing Adventure looks fairly strong at first, although it isn’t long before the cracks start to show through. It quickly becomes clear that quick hands aren’t the only thing you’ll need to pass the 60 tests presented here – an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Pokémon is also an absolute requirement. Do you know exact spellings of nonsense names like Roggenrola, Conkeldurr and Feraligatr? Obviously you do now, but there are hundreds more to memorise (as well as levels where speed bonuses are reliant on spotting silhouettes or identifying digital cries, which is lunacy), which can only impede the usefulness of this title as a practical aid.It doesn’t fare much better as a game either, to be honest. While it slowly builds from asking for the first letter or two of a monster’s name to requiring the full thing, this in itself is a problem – get carried away and tap one letter too many (particularly annoying and frequent when you’re asked for all bar one letter of a name and instinctively try to finish the word) and you’ll drop your combo and cripple your score. Similarly, going back to these early stages with the training wheels off is an exercise in futility, since you’ll never catch as many critters with full names as you did when just a few letters was enough. It’s a shame too, since a few of the levels (especially later on) flirt with some interesting ideas.Ultimately, though, Pikachu’s latest and arguably strangest outing ends up carving itself an insanely deep niche – most people looking to improve their typing will mostly likely struggle with the oddly hardcore Pokémon barrier, while those looking for a slightly different monster-catching experience will be lucky to have any patience left beyond the two hour mark, when the credits roll. It’s naturally meant to be played regularly beyond this point, though the fact that only those in the slither of crossover in this Venn diagram will do so suggests that maybe, just maybe, this is a game every bit as actually useful as a DS keyboard is necessary. "
"This is an unexpectedly entertaining entry to the long list of Pokémon spin-offs. While it may not teach you how to type, you will learn how to quickly spell MIENSHAO or how to tell apart a Marill from an Azurill from a distance - utterly essential life skills, if you ask us. Pokémon Typing is fun and challenging for both Typing Rookies and Master Typists alike, but shouldn't be considered an must-buy, even for hardcore fans of the series."
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