Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tektoma – TOS review



My family received a 3 month subscription to Tektoma as part of the TOS crew.  We had never heard of this company so I had to research what it was all about.  Tektoma is a website that offers you the ability to make your own video game.   There are several types of games that you can make including a racing or memory game.  My son loves video games so I was hoping that this would be a great way for him to learn more about creating his own games.  This proved to be a little too technical for him.  Before you can start to make your own game, you must download GameMaker and we found this to be a little difficult.  It took us several tries to get everything downloaded and ready to try. 

After getting the software downloaded, Griffin got through the first couple parts of the tutorial.   These are the best thing about Tektoma for us.  Each game comes with very explicit tutorials that walk you through each step of the gaming process.   The racing game tutorial is one hour and 23 minutes and is considered a beginner level.   Griffin did not finish the complete tutorial because he kept having trouble opening files.   We are going to try to figure out what is wrong so that he can complete the racing game.   

You are also given the opportunity to play games that others have made.  We did spend some time exploring this part of the website.  

You can see why parents and children choose Tektoma by visiting their website here.  It is reasonably priced at $14.95 per month or you can pay $140 for an entire year of access to all of the tutorials and online forums.  

I really liked that Tektoma is a safe online environment children.   All materials, projects and forums are moderated for appropriate content, language and graphics that are suitable for even young children.

Tektoma’s website has this to say about what they offer:

  • Engaging video tutorials for ages 7-17
  • Tutorials of varying skill levels and topics
  • Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your home
  • Natural progression helps develop technical skills
  • Customize your learning experience
  • Low monthly membership fee gives access to all our resources
  • New curriculums available monthly

So, even though we didn’t quite make our own video game yet, we are looking forward to completing this before our gift subscription runs out.   If your kids want to learn the ins and outs of video gaming, check out Tektoma.

Please note that I was given a 3 month subscription to Tektoma in exchange for my honest opinion in this review.  No other compensation was given.

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