Developed by leading educational publisher DieKeure and Larian Studios through four years of close collaboration with teachers, schools, and universities, Monkey Tales Games is a series of engrossing video games with a robust learning component tailored to every child.
User reviews: Mixed (4 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 28, 2014
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“My daughter asked if she could play an educational game about math. I think that right there qualifies it as a success.”
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“Monkey Tales makes math homework fun”
5/5 – Common Sense Media

“Excellent tool for educators”
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About This Game

Just in time for back-to-school: 5 Monkey Tales Adventures in 1!

Developed by leading educational publisher DieKeure and Larian Studios through four years of close collaboration with teachers, schools, and universities, Monkey Tales Games is a series of engrossing video games with a robust learning component tailored to every child.

Monkey Tales Games' aim is not to instruct, but to help children rehearse and improve existing math and logic skills.These skills are stimulated by goal- (and fun-) oriented math puzzles and drills set in the context of a larger fantastic adventure. Your child will save the day not with a sword, but with the power of his or her ever-improving math skills. The game's algorithm first establishes each child's location on the learning curve and then tailors their experience to target and improve performance.

Key Features:

  • Designed for Kids from 7 to 11 Each game is adapted for your child's grade level and helps reinforce topics covered in the classroom.
  • Dynamic Difficulty. Each game adjusts for difficulty as the child plays, ensuring an experience that is never too difficult or too easy.
  • Proven Methods. All the game mechanics used in the series are based on proven educational methods as well as four years of research and development involving teachers, schools, and universities.
  • No Need to Correct Your Child. Monkey Tales Games will automatically correct the exercises!
  • Five games, one price. Enjoy five Monkey Tales Games adventures, one for each age group (7-11).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or higher
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX-compatible 3D graphics with at least shader model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel i5 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 550 ti 1GB ram or or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6XXX or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000/4000
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9.3
    • Processor: Intel i5 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris (Iris Pro) or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6XXX or higher or NVidia 6xx series or higher
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Want your kids to learn math? Stay away from this frustrating title. This title doesn't teach math but depends on patience with the mechanics of the game interaction design (and there are different levels of frustration depending on what random game pukes up) and quick mathematical whit in the few instances they'll be encountering math problems—meaning if you're not prepared to babysit your children as they get frustrated trying to get passed the quirky games and ask you to "do that part" for them stay away from this frustration of a title.

As soon as the game starts it prompts to select UK or US—every. Damn. TIME! Every... Why that matters is beyond me because they all have British voices anyway which make some things they say not readily apparent (Cockney accents...seriously?)... the STUPID sound effects (I mean it will annoy you if you can hear it in the next room!) drown out important dialogue.

The graphics settings? Why are they there? No matter what you select the game simply stretches to my monitor's resolution.

What's the goal? Going through all the frustrating mazes and puzzles to save pretty pretty princess who's been kidnapped by the turban-sporting evil dragon? Good thing we're comfortable implying the acceptability of ethnic predeterminations. There's a bunch of crucifixes around the game as well.

Want good puzzling for the kids? Try Pajama Sam. Math? Try The Counting Kingdom, which FAR exceeds the low bar set by this title and gives kids time to think about their next move rather than putting the restrictive clock on them AND pitting them against the computer... believe me, when the CPU decides it's time for it to win, it wins, much to your and your child's chagrin!

Don't mind the supposed awards it's won, they've obviously been given to perpetuate sales because if this title deserves them those awards aren't worth winning.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Bought this game for my son and although he is only 6 the game makes it easy for him to learn even as a 1st grader!

PRO's
Easy for children to learn (has tutorial mode)
Fun even for older children!
Let's you know what areas your child has trouble in and helps you work on those areas.

CON'S
None that I could see!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Monkey Tales, by Larian Studios, is a game geared towards kids in grades 2 through 6. This is actually a collection of games, by the same name, brought together to give you all those different grades in one nicely wrapped package. In each of these grade levels you will get to select a character that will be used to traverse through different levels. You will not only get to follow along with a story, but you will also find that you are on a 3D adventure that actually teaches you along the way. In every single grade section you will have to journey through levels filled with traps, obstacles, bananas, and of course troublesome monkeys. Each section is comprised of many levels that you will have to conquer, and the only way to accomplish that is to defeat the monkeys in educational games.

Graphically this looks like a very good looking game. No offense, but most educational games aren't known for looking cool and interesting, but I do have to say that with the added elements of collecting the bananas, taking on the other puzzles of the levels, and just the though and touches put into each level makes this look like an actual game that has some educational components to it, and not the other way around. You will find yourself in all kinds of different settings through out the game, but there is one constant. You are always in a locked area/room, that you cannot get out of until you face off against the monkey.

Now lets get down to the music and sounds of the game. Once again, just like the graphics that went into the game it feels polished. You have a helpful guiding voice that will make her presence known when need be. You also have music that fits into the area that the current level you are playing on.

As stated before this is an educational game that is centered around math. This is definitely a workout for kids in grades 2 through 6, and I have to admit that a person of my age is going to have a workout as well. You see there's more to it than just knowing the answers, this game makes you formulate the answer in a speedy fashion. You see the games you are playing against the monkey are not turned based, but real time games. You do not only have to figure out the answer, but you are going to need to select/find the answer before the computer/monkey does. You you will battle the monkey until one of you gets the desired amount of points for victory. If you end up being the victorious one, you will find that the door to exit the area that you are currently in is now open.

Now I do want to say, since I did point it out previously, that there's also another more game component to this, and to be honest the more I think about it, the more I can see that this is problem solving of a different type. When you find yourself in the area/level, you will notice that there are bananas that you can collect, I highly recommend that you collect all of them on each level. Now in order to do that you are going to have to have to figure out the puzzle of the level. Sometimes its just a matter of navigating around the area/level, but most of the time you are going to have to activate magnets, move boxes, dodge laser beams, and more. So if you are looking to have your child, or yourself, given an even greater challenge than just the monkeys, try to solve the entire area/level, and collect all the bananas.

Each grade section has a different story to tell, and different levels and areas to navigate through. My one wish is that we did not have to see the progression on the map between each level. At first you can definitely see it as a rewarding look at how you are progressing, but after a while, especially since you have to load to that screen, and then back in without really doing anything but watching your character move an inch or two on the map, it really takes away from the game. There's also a zoo component to each of these grade sections, this is where the monkeys that you have defeated are located, at least that's what you are lead to believe, but in reality once you have solved enough of the area/levels you will notice that the number of monkeys no longer increases, which kind of confuses players/students of all ages.

Now with all of this said I have to say it is refreshing to see a game with this kind of educational value potential formed in a way that will be fun and exciting for students/players. I remember playing games like this when I was in school, and it is good to see that there are at least some developers out there who understand that to make a game educational you don't have to make it bland, you can make it feel like an adventure in which a person can feel accomplishment, and have fun learning and honing their skills. This game, or I should say bundle of games, gets an 8.9 out of 10.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game does not work.
I purchased it from Steam and downloaded it as per any other game from Steam. My PC is brand new and far exceeds the minimum spec for this game. All drivers and updates are the latest versions

When you load the game expect a black and blank screen with ALT F4 the only available way out.
No technical supported offered by Steam, they just direct you to http://www.monkeytalesgames.com/UKen/ which also has no support.

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