A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Memory Train can help kids recognize shapes, colors, and patterns, as well as exercise their working memory as they attempt to recall certain details about objects that pass across their mobile device's screen. Memory Train is language-neutral (meaning, in this case, there are no words spoken), so it makes gameplay accessible to kids of all languages or with language processing delays. The speed of the higher levels may be challenging for some kids, so this app could present an opportunity to practice handling stress, too. Memory Train is a terrific-looking app that presents some formidable memorization challenges.
Ease of Play
There are no instructions at the start of this game, but it only takes a moment or two of watching the objects move across the screen to get the gist of what you're supposed to do. Then it's very easy to play.
Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
MEMORY TRAIN is a cute, rather brilliant, way to promote attention and memory -- far more engaging than the standard memory flip-card games. Even though the graphics are geared toward younger kids, even kids to age 10 or so can build memory recall skills using this app, so older siblings may enjoy playing against younger ones and still feel challenged because of the increasing difficulty and speedy pace on the higher levels. After each round, kids earn rewards along the train track and watch points rack up for their individual characters. Up to four players can keep running scores on this app. The 10 levels get progressively faster (really fast) and more difficult in memory challenges, such as remembering details within patterns.
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