A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 7 Little Words has 30 word puzzles that test trivia knowledge and spelling, with many more puzzles available as in-app purchases. Each puzzle has clues for seven words. The clues are similar to crossword puzzles, for example, "used up" is the clue for "spent." The seven words that answer the clues are broken into tiles of two or three letters ("spe" and "nt") and scrambled around the board. Players must tap the tiles in the correct order to submit one of the seven words. There is no time limit and you can skip among different puzzles. Three more sets of 50 puzzles each are available for in-app purchase, with more on the way. There are also links to more games advertised in the app.
What's it about?
7 Little Words presents kids with seven clues such as “becoming less rural” and a bunch of letter groups. In this example, kids would have to figure out that the answer is "urbanizing" from all the choices, and find the letter groups “urba,” “niz,” and “ing.” It can be tough to try to figure out the answers as you cannot move the letter groups around. There is a shuffle option to remix the order, but kids still have to do some mental rearranging. There are no hints, rewards, or high scores, but completing a puzzle is satisfaction enough.
Is it any good?
For kids and adults who love crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and word finds, this is an excellent and engaging twist on typical word games. The lack of a time limit lets you really get engrossed, and the process of elimination with the clues can teach you new terms. The simple, no-frills setup means the puzzles aren't very replayable, so you'll probably end up wanting to buy the extras.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 3, 2011
- Category: Word Games
- Size: 0.80 MB
- Publisher: Blue Ox Technologies Ltd.
- Version: 1.04
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
For kids who love word games and vocabulary apps
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