Australian educational gaming company, “Entellect Limited”, has just launched its new “KNeo World” online gaming portal at an event in San Francisco last week, launching its new educational games on a global basis, no matter whether you’re using Windows, Mac or Linux-based computers.
The first offer from KNeo World is an 8 to 12 game “pay what you want” educational bundle called “Back to FUN”, consisting of fun, PC platform-independent Adobe Flash-based online games that are “all designed to help kids learn”, according to the company.
The “pay what you want” idea is similar to that of the Humble Bundle project, which sees a portion of what you decide to pay for the bundle of software paid to charity.
It creates a win-win-win situation for all concerned – you, the software company and a worthwhile charity, with Entellect Ltd CEO James Kellett saying in a statement that: “Not only can parents decide what they pay, they can also choose how much of the money goes to charity - so everyone wins.”
In addition, the company states that the “whole Back to FUN Bundle works together as a collection, with an innovative educational wrapper. As kids play through the games, their progress is tracked, achievements unlocked and badges awarded to show the skills and experience they have gained, so every player can enjoy the games and parents can ensure children are learning as they play.”
I decided to buy the bundle myself so I could see the games in action, and they’re definitely fun and fluid titles that, at least on initial inspection, do live up to the claim of being both fun to play and educational, something that certainly was nice to see.
Edugames aren’t a new concept, either, with Entellect stating that “mobile ‘edugames’ are already outselling non-mobile ‘edugames’, with a revenue that reached $163.3 million in 2011.”
Mr Kellett stated that: “From day one our approach has been simple. Kids learn better when they're having fun and enjoy the learning experience. We bring together the best games with real educational value.”
The company says KNeo World’s launch has been “the culmination of 2 years of development and market research”, and that the “games portal will continue to evolve as new games bundles are released to the market bi-monthly on a micro payments revenue model.”
So, if your kids are hankering for some new games but you wished they might actually learn something new and/or improve their existing skills in various educational areas, Entellect’s KNeo World and its “back to fun, pay what you want” bundle may well be one you’ll want to bundle up and take home to your kids.