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ItzaBitza Brings Educational Drawing To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has announced the release of ItzaBitza for Mac OS X. Developed by Sabi Games the title is an educational game which makes use of a drawing recognition system called Living Link to bring drawings to life and help children develop their reading skills.

"I just gave a tractor triangular wheels and watched a farmer thump his way through crops," said Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton, who is known for having an enthusiastic inner child. "Next I think I'll draw flames on a rocket ship and watch it blast off. ItzaBitza is so much fun that children will become early readers before their parents realize it. We're thrilled to bring such a unique and engaging educational title to Mac OS X."

ItzaBitza stars Sketchy, who asks children to draw things that he or she (depending on the gender chosen by the child) puts to good use. For example, Sketchy will grow or shrink to fit into a house. Then Sketchy will ask the player to complete a task to earn a star, such as drawing additional items for Sketchy to use, or finding hidden objects.

Speech bubbles containing simple words also appear. When the child holds the mouse over each word, Sketchy says it, enabling the child to not only identify those words but also understand the concept of reading words from left to right, top to bottom. As children draw objects and point at words, they also develop valuable computer mouse skills.

As children complete tasks and accumulate stars, they unlock new areas of Sketchy's world. ItzaBitza features five environments: Home Sweet Home, Let's Go Camping, Play in Space, A Farm Life, and A Very Scary Haunted House. Children will always have a new environment to explore and new tasks to complete.

System Requirements:
  • Any Intel CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • GeForce 7300, Radeon X1600 or Intel GMA X3100 128MB
  • 500 MB Hard Disk space
  • Internet connection for product registration

ItzaBitza is available for $24.95 (19.95, 19.95). Click over to the links below for more information.

Virtual Programming

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