SUPER WHY Alpha Boost!
By PBS KIDS
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Are you ready to “Alpha Boost” to a party in the sky high above Storybrook Village? Super! Play as Super Why, Princess Presto, Wonder Red or Alpha Pig! With over 120 party-themed words and five kinds of parties, “Alpha Boost!” provides hours of fun that will reinforce letter recognition and word formation.
How to Play: Search the skies for Super Letters that will form a super party password that gets you to a celebration. Tilt your iPhone or iPod touch left and right to catch the floating letters. Also, be sure to pop balloons to fuel up and boost higher in the sky. It’s party time, Super You!
What's New in Version 1.1
Added new Winter theme with more than 20 new words, and check out the Settings controls to increase flying difficulty!
For your kid, not you
You, as an adult, will not feel like this is worth the $1.99 you paid for it. But remember, it is for your 4-year-old.
There is only one game: collecting letters as you fly through the sky. You can play as any of the four main characters. There is a single mode of interaction (tilting the device to steer left and right) that might leave some children bored after a few minutes. That also means that your child has to be holding the phone/iPad and moving it around which will probably make a lot of people nervous. The replay value is limited since it very repetitive—which is, albeit, good for learning—and the only novelty with each play is that you are collecting letters for a different word.
On the plus side, the graphics and sound quality are top notch. And if your child is at just the right stage of physical coordination, ability to pay attention and interest in reading, then they will have fun with it.
Game works as advertised
If the sound doesn't work, try setting your phone to audio ring instead if vibrate. Keeping the phone on silent blocks the app audio.
This game is really basic eye-hand coordination and requires the child to figure out how to use the device leveling to catch the balloons & letters. True, there is no way to lose and I didn't see any point-value incentives to capture balloons and letters but my kids love playing it regardless and it still exposes them to spelling and vocabulary in the process. They ask to play the game and it holds their attention and that's all I need!
This program is awful. There is no letter or word learning aspect at all. The child tilts the ipad, rolls a character over some balloons, and occasionally a letter which then goes off to the side. When there is a random word created, the word announces itself but its nothing that would encourage a child to read. This is a throwback to the earliest days of apps in being completely simplistic, poorly designed, and not worth its price. Extremely disappointing.