Virtual Programming has announced that it is brining Sabi Games’ ItzaBitza to Mac OS X. ItzaBitza is an educational game aimed at kids that is intended to improve their reading skills. It does so by bringing the player’s drawings to life and combining that with interactive reading to motivate kids to want to read more.
This mechanism is executed through Sketchy, who asks kids to draw things that he then puts to use within the game. Sketchy then gives players the opportunity to earn a gold star by drawing additional items.
Aimed at early readers, Sketchy used word bubbles, and when the child mouses over that word, the game will pronounce that word, offering visual and aural context that the developers said encourage kids to want to read more to advance in the game.
The game is available now through Virtual Programming’s Deliver2Mac digital download service. It is priced at US$24.95, €19.95, or £19.95.