A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Hobbies: board games
Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: $.99-$2.99
- Release date: October 4, 2012
- Category: Word Games
- Size: 19.00 MB
- Publisher: INI, LLC
- Version: 1.05
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up