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What parents need to know
What's it about?
ATOMIC HANGMAN JR uses educational clues and words as well as a silly setting to present an otherwise traditional hangman game. Kids can choose between single and multiplayer options. Multiplayer through Game Center matches two players to compete to finish the same word. There are 11 topics to choose from in two age groups with three difficulty levels each. The categories include pop culture, arts and literature, social studies, geography, science, history, and compound words. Kids use a string puppet as their "hangman," which they can customize with some simple painting tools. Gameplay is straightforward: Kids choose letters in an attempt to complete or guess the word suggested by the clue. In some cases the clues are quite specific, such as asking for a synonym for a word or a U.S. state, while others are more vague, such as "adjective" or "noun." Each wrong guess cuts one of the puppet's strings. Lose them all and the puppet falls to the ground and meets an ugly fate, such as a boulder crashing down, an attack by a ray gun, or an alien abduction. In the end it's a puppet that looks distraught, but no harm is done.
Is it any good?
This engaging and educational hangman game uses the traditional format with the occasional bit of quirky content. Atomic Hangman Jr is a fun way to learn new information, and most kids will delight in all the many fates that befall their puppet. It has a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote feel as objects crash down with a "Wham!" comic book bubble attached. The multiplayer option is a nice addition, but there aren't always others available to play against and it may be frustrating if young kids are paired with older kids or adults. The biggest concern is the educational content itself: Due to the source material, definitions aren't always as clear as you would find in a dictionary, and circular definitions appear regularly, though no glaring errors were found during the review process.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, vocabulary
Science: animals, biology, weather
Social Studies: events, geography, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, deduction
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: August 18, 2016
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 81.20 MB
- Publisher: Snap Two Studios, LLC
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1
For kids who love spelling and word games
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