Preschool Memory Match

Common Sense Media says

Simple but well-implemented memory game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is very simple to play. Three difficulty levels (four for iPad) adjust the number of cards to start with, but otherwise it is a typical matching game. Children simply touch the screen to reveal items.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

On the main menu is a "More Fun" button that links to the developer's other iPhone apps. The button will take you directly to the iTunes store for purchasing, but as long as children don't have the iTunes password they shouldn't be able to actually purchase anything.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Pretty safe. It is possible to send the developer an email from within the app for comments and suggestions, but it requires tapping on the icon five times to activate it. This capability is found in a separate menu screen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Preschool Memory Match is a simple concentration-type matching game that will help develop memory skills as well as the ability to recognize animals, instruments, vehicles, foods, and other objects. The difficulty levels make it appropriate for a wide age range. The app is very kid-friendly.

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There are many memory games on the market, and there's not a whole lot that sets them apart. However, PRESCHOOL MEMORY MATCH does a few things better than others. First, the buttons to choose the level of difficulty are large and sized relative to the card size, making it easy for kids to identify which is which even if they're unable to read. When a match is made, it is usually accompanied by the sound the object makes, along with the name of the object both visually and aurally, which can get kids started on reading. An unexpected surprise is that once all the matches have been made, kids are rewarded two or more audio-visual "toys." These are little graphics that move, spin, bend, and twist when they're tapped. It may not seem like much, but because the toys are randomly selected each time, kids will enjoy playing the matching game again and again to see which toys they get. The only downside for this app is that when a match is made, the zoomed-in image obscures the cards briefly, which prevents you from continuing the game until it disappears. (There is an option to fade the image more quickly, but it still lingers for a while.)

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 24, 2010
Category:Kids Games
Publisher:Darren Murtha Design
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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