A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The app uses the gyroscope controller to move a ball (well, actually, a round bird) around a maze. If a child has the coordination to master this, he or she will have no trouble playing.
Products & Purchases
A button on the main menu leads users to a link advertising other products by the developer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ABC Maze is an educational word game that's meant to improve children's spelling skills. The app requires users to roll over letters arranged in a maze to spell a word and solve the puzzle. If kids have trouble identifying a letter, they can touch it and have it spoken aloud. In addition to helping with spelling, the game helps children improve dexterity and coordination, as they must tilt the screen to get the ball to roll over the correct letter -- but the game and the puzzles are not so challenging that kids will get frustrated. A lite version of the app is available for parents who want to test it before committing their cash.
Is It Any Good?
Learning how to string together letters to form words is tricky -- and ABC MAZE is a good tool to help kids learn to do so. The biggest challenge for some players will be having the motor skills to use the internal gyroscope to make the ball go where they want it to. While none of the mazes is punishing, some are harder than others. The game offers visual and audible rewards when a puzzle is solved, which encourages kids to keep playing. $1.99 is a bit steep for the app, though. It's definitely wise to download the lite version and see if your child will enjoy it first.
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