Abby First Words
By 22learn, LLC
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Abby First Words offers you two exciting game modes: Learning and Game! and seven word categories: Animals, Fruits & Vegetables, Common Words, Colors, Numbers, Fairy Tales, and Shapes (the possibility to make a mixture of these (My Words category), or to be examined from all of the words (All Words category) is also included).
The main menu is full of animated pictures and can direct you to the desired game mode and more -- just tap on the matching icon there!
Once you start the app, tap on your desired avatar, which will automatically redirect you to the menu for a choice of a word category and subsequently for a choice of the game mode.
In the avatar menu, you can find icons for information about the game, settings and scores.
Scores store the best scores obtained in the game. The scores are calculated progressively with more points being awarded in each subsequent level. The maximum amount is 2000.
In the settings, there are several possibilities of modifications:
You can turn on/off the music and/or sounds.
The labeling of the animal pictures in the game can be turned off. The default setting has this feature turned on in order to enable even the youngest children to memorize the written form of the word by trying to compare the matching words. For older children, please turn this option off so as to create a game difficulty, which corresponds to your child's skills.
Further, you can choose whether the letter names are going to be read aloud in the learning mode when the letters are manipulated.
The same way, you can choose whether you prefer lower/upper case letters or if you want the words to be capitalized. Again, we advice you to select the best option for your child.
Similarly, in order to make the game age-appropriate, you can turn on the letter hints, which will make the word composition game in the learning mode essentially a letters matching game. Also, you can modify the length of the longest word appearing in the application.
Moreover, you can modify what is contained in the My Words category (to create a mixture out of all the categories; this category can be then accessed from the menu in the same way as other categories.
Two game modes:
In the learning, the task is to compose a word from letters. In the game, you need to match the right pictures with their written name by dragging them onto the labeled windows.
What's New in Version 1.2
Fixed problems with supported language versions. Only English should be displayed on the App Store.
Basically, there are two activities within this game. For the first, you spell words by placing the scrambled tiles in their appropriate boxes, which have a "shadow letter" on them, so even your toddler can do that. The second activity is matching the whole words, with a picture, to the correct box, which is again identifiable with the "shadow" word. There are 9 word groups to choose from and within each of these groups are the same activities I have described above. Aside from the cheap feel and look of the game, my other complaint is in the avatars. At the beginning of the game, your child must choose an avatar. There is no particular reason for this, the avatar is not seen or heard the rest of the game. But for some reason, the creators only give one "girl" avatar option, although there are two "boy" avatar options, and also a few animals. My daughter wanted to know why there was only one girl to pick from. Of course, there is no racial diversity here either. Based on this setup, I can only assume that the creator thought that only white boys would be interested in their educational game. I would not recommend this game for schools, or anywhere else where there may be a large, diverse group of kids.
4YO really likes it!
My 4YO is starting to read with an at-home program so I downloaded her a few apps to help her with word recognition and matching skills. We both really like this one. And for $1 it's a good deal. There are lots of words and games and she enjoys them all. If I had any suggestions, I would say replace the voice for the dragon -- he's too creeepy! :)