NI Games Review

Open new doors to literacy learning by embracing games as an art form. thum
Open new doors to literacy learning by embracing games as an art form. thum



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National Video Games Day
12 September

Whether it is board games or video games, children and young people choose to engage with narratives through games, making them the literacy learning tools they have picked for themselves. They understand stories, branching narratives, characters, settings, and more through games. 

Embracing games as an art form that teaches great storytelling - alongside books and films - opens the door to literacy for those who struggle to access learning with traditional texts while keeping everyone else engaged along the way. 

Our NI Games Review resource supports learners in writing great game reviews by scaffolding review writing with helpful prompts, providing structure, and establishing facts from opinions.  

NI Games Review Competition

Young people across NI could be in with a chance of winning a Nintendo Switch Lite and other great prizes with our NI Games Review Competition. 

The competition is open to pupils aged 5-19 who attend a school in Northern Ireland. We accept all review formats, whether they are written (max 500 words), drawn, video or audio clips (max 3mins), Gaelige, or picture exchange symbols. 

Download the NI Games Review resource below for details, and submit your entries to with ‘Games Review' in the subject line. 

Please note: to be eligible to win a prize the game reviewed must be age-appropriate to the person reviewing it. 

PEGI Ratings 

The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system provides guidance and age classifications for video games to consumers and parents. The age rating confirms that the game is appropriate for players of a certain age, not the level of difficulty. Throughout our resources, we only reference and encourage children and young people to review games rated PEGI 12 and under. 

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