What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boggle for iPad looks and plays much like its real-world counterpart and is suitable entertainment for the whole family. The option to connect the game to Facebook is encouraged in multiple places within the app, and appears to be the only way to view high scores (even for a solo player). However, the game is completely playable without connecting to social media. Creating words from a grid of scrambled letters forces players to use their brains, and a pass-and-play mode promotes face-to-face social gaming experiences.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- board games
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are motivated by friendly competition and by earning achievements or besting their high scores. Much like its real-world counterpart, this is suitable entertainment for the whole family.
Kids can't submit misspelled words, which gives them an opportunity to reflect on misspellings and try to correct them. By reviewing the word lists at the end of each game, kids can learn some unfamiliar words.
The dictionary feature doesn't work consistently, making it difficult to learn the meanings of new words. The game is completely playable without connecting to Facebook but this appears to be the only way to view high scores.
What's it about?
In less than three minutes, kids identify as many words as they can on a 4x4 grid of scrambled letter cubes. Words must be at least three letters long, and the letters in the word must touch vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Players tap on the letters for each word and tap the final letter to submit the word. An advanced mode offers a couple of twists on the classic game. Players can challenge friends online by linking the app to Facebook. A multiplayer mode allows kids to play with friends face to face.
Is it any good?
BOGGLE FOR IPAD is a faithful recreation of the family-friendly word game. Just give the iPad a shake to scramble the letters, then start tapping them to spell out words. The push for Facebook integration might be a bit frustrating for those who aren't interested in that option. And though players who don't log in to Facebook can still earn achievements and see stats on their gameplay, it would be nice if a simple high scores list were available as well.
Some welcome twists on the classic formula come in the form of a pass-and-play mode for up to four players, the ability to challenge others to outdo your score, and an advanced mode in which players can turn on "portal cubes," meaning that the first and last letters of each word you form will swap places, resulting in a constantly changing board layout. A collection of unlockable achievements provides motivation for solo players to do their best, but in the end, it's a game best experienced in a friendly competitive environment with others.
Families can talk about...
Play with your kids using the multiplayer mode, in which you use the app as a traditional game board. Using pencil and paper helps kids strengthen writing skills.
Look at the word lists with your kids at the end of each game. Choose a few unfamiliar words and read the definitions together.