Analogy

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Fun but unpolished pattern quizzes are good for many ages.

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Instructions at the start of each game tell the player to "complete the pattern," but that is the only explanation of how analogies work. There are three levels of difficulty, and users can select whether to play with words, patterns, or both, and whether to play 10, 15, or 20 questions. The volume does not respond to the device volume controls, but there is a mute button to turn off verbal reinforcements; the app still chimes when moving between screens. For each game, your score and total time for that game are displayed, but scores are not saved.

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From the main screen, there are links to sign up for email notifications from the developer, purchase other apps by the developer, and tell a friend about the app. There are also pop-up window requests to rate the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Analogy allows kids to practice finding and completing patterns with shapes and words at many different difficulty levels. In the settings, kids or parents can select how challenging their quizzes are, how many questions to include, and whether they'd like to play with words, patterns, or both. In each question, the app presents an analogy, such as "sun:day::moon:____" with four possible answers. Correct answers get a "good job" or other verbal high-five, and incorrect answers get a red screen, followed by the right answer. The instructions are quite simple and do not teach analogies, but with help from a parent, the app could be used to learn about fractions and geometry as well as analogies.

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ANALOGY is simple but engaging. The different difficulty levels and changing between patterns and words helps keeps things interesting, though it would be nice to be able to track progress with saved scores. Some of the analogies seem like a bit of a stretch -- parts of speech and relationships between the words aren't always quite right. Combined with several typos, this gives the app an unpolished feel. Overall, though, it's a fine little set of quizzes to help kids recognize and identify patterns.  

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For kids who love word games and educational apps

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