Loteria Workshop Review (June 14, 2005)

Loteria Workshop is a great way to bring Mexican art and gaming tradition to your computer. In case you are not familiar with Mexican traditions, I'll explain a little bit about the background of the Loteria game of chance.

Loteria is something like Bingo, using pictures instead of numbers. But Loteria is much more than that. The beautiful artwork associated with Loteria has long captivated consumers from all nationalities and walks of life.

Some say that the Loteria artwork has truly captured the joy, as well as the sadness, of the Mexican history. Loteria images may be used anywhere from tapestries to blankets, to wall hangings and artwork. You are limited only by your imagination. There are Loteria contests and tournaments. Loteria devotees recite poems created for the game, and talented artists create new card images.

King Charles III of Spain established la loteria nacional in 1769. The contest quickly spread across the Atlantic and profits from the national pastime helped to fund schools and hospitals.

I loved the idea of sharing in this beautiful Mexican tradition. Loteria Workshop lets you create and print your own traditional Mexican Loteria game, and Bingo too!

Loteria Workshop will let you print more than 500 unique playing boards, or you can use the software to make your own custom playing boards and print the Loteria cards.

There are 54 traditional Loteria images included with the software. The images included with Loteria Workshop are wonderful, and you can edit the images too, even using the special filters and effects, text and borders.

I think that Loteria Workshop would be perfect for bringing some Mexican culture into a classroom setting, or any kind of group meeting. It's entertaining and educational too. You can create and play this game which has been popular in Mexico for over 200 years!

Bingo is also included in Loteria Workshop, and this alone is worth the cost of the software. How many hours of fun could your group have playing Bingo alone? Put a new twist on the fun, and play Loteria too!

When I was reading about the background behind the game, I wondered, what exactly are the differences between Bingo and Loteria? In Bingo, a number/letter is randomly drawn, usually from a rotating drum. But in Loteria, a card with a color image is drawn from a special deck.

The board (or tabla in Spanish) is decorated with a random pattern of the images found on the cards. The announcer recites a short poem or familiar phrase which hints of the image on the card. Many times this event becomes quite colorful, as the announcer improvises using satire, witty sayings, or referring to current events. In this respect, the game can even become a social commentary.

I think Loteria Workshop presents a wonderful opportunity to share in the Mexican culture and tradition. More than a game, Loteria is a form of art. Now you can get create your own Loteria games with Loteria Workshop!

Kathy Salisbury
The Great Mind Review Team
Great Mind Software


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