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Some words 14 characters long, misspelled word and robotic voice pronunciation! Ugh!
on September 28, 2012
You are provided with a scrambled list of letters and shown a picture of the animal that the word represents. The first words that I was given on the easiest level were vulture and alligator. After you spell the word correctly it then respells it to you and then says the word in a mechanical and robotic style of voice that is very poorly done and hard to understand at times.
In the easy level the letters are shown in the proper position but greyed out and you only have to match the scrambled letters into the proper positions. In the middle difficulty the letters will stick in the proper positions only but no letter hints are provided. In the difficult level you are just given the scrambled words and are expected to decipher them.
What I liked:
A good concept but the choice of words for beginners is very bad!
What I disliked:
I cannot believe the choice of words for this app for a kids first words to spell. Here is the list of the first words I was given:
* Kyi leo
* Flying fish
* One 14 letter word I could never figure out!
The voice that says the word is so distorted that it sounds like a simulated robot voice and is difficult to clearly understand. This is a horrible way to teach a child how to pronounce words. When the app respells the word back to you it does so very slowly. Children will find this app too difficult for a first speller.
When I went to the intermediate level I was asked to decipher a 14 character word! There were so many boxes for the letters and they were so small that it took me 5 tries just to place the letter in the box.
This game is difficult for adults let alone children. There are some words that are 13 and 14 characters long. The game even gave me a scrambled word that was spelled correctly. I was even asked to spell chimpanzee as chimpance which is wrong. This is horrible in a child's game teaching spelling skills.
This game is far too difficult for children and even adults. It has some value with the easier animals and words but it shows many exotic animals that most people would not even recognize and expects you to decipher the letters and spell the word correctly. It even has chimpanzee misspelled in the app. Unless your child is a zoologist then this game is not for them.
Good concept but poorly chosen words and implementation.
* You can choose 3 levels of difficulty.
* There is a back button
* You can use capital or lower case numbers
* You can turn off the sound
* There are basic instructions on how to play
Permissions: only one asking for system tools to prevent Kindle from sleeping.
Size shown is 664 KB in app memory and 14.585MB in the memory reserved for books and personal data.