Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game encourages quick wit and an extensive vocabulary. Although there's no iffy content in the app, younger kids still learning to spell will likely find it frustrating. The object of the game is to spell five words (of specific lengths) from a set of 20 letters in under five minutes. Players earn more points the quicker they can spell five different words, but still score if they are unable to finish the task in the time allotted. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network and Facebook, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- board games
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids who enjoy playing with words will keep coming back for more. It's marketed as a family game, and will appeal to a range of ages. Kids who have difficulties with spelling or have limited vocabularies may get frustrated.
Kids will practice spelling, and will be able to use vocabulary words they already know. Self-motivated kids may also pick up new words. There's no dictionary, so curious kids will have to find the meanings of new words on their own.
Instructions are brief but adequate. There are no hints. Once your time is up, you can see the results but the game is not saved, only the score, so if you actually want to go back to check a word, you can't do it.
What's it about?
Players receive 20 letter tiles arranged in a pyramid with six letters on the bottom row and two letters on the top. The goal is to swap tiles so that each row spells a word, creating a total of five words. The letters turn blue when a word is valid. Players can submit fewer than five words and still earn points. The app shows a correct solution at the end of each round. Players can connect to Facebook to challenge friends.
Is it any good?
Part of Dabble's addicting game's charm is the background noise. The combination of tiles being shuffled, along with the upbeat classical music (that speeds up when a word is spelled correctly), all aim to relax and encourage the player as time quickly runs dry.
Players will be motivated to keep competing for different awards such as quickest time, highest score, and consecutive winning streaks. Users may enter up to four names to track scores and can switch users in the middle of a game. Dabble promises to be quick-wit fun for the whole family.
Families can talk about...
If your kids like the Dabble app, pick up the board game version for your next family game night.
Look at the puzzle solution with your kids at the end of each game. Choose any unfamiliar words and look up the definitions together.