GetFact

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining, challenging trivia puzzle game.

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Ease of Play

The gameplay couldn't be more straightforward, but the puzzles can be tricky. 

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Players can spend real world cash for in-game coins, which are used to buy hints. They can also watch a video ad in order to receive one. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GetFact is a puzzle game for iOS devices where players must guess the answers to fill-in-the-blank puzzles. The letters are out of order and, while the early puzzles are fairly easy to solve, they quickly get more difficult. There's no offensive language or material included in the game. Many of the factoids, in fact, can teach players a bit about various subjects. Players who are stuck can get hints by either paying in-game coins (earned for correct answers or purchased with real world cash) or watching a video ad. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In GETFACT, players try to figure out the missing words in sentences using the rearranged letters at the bottom of the screen. Users have as many attempts as they need and, if they get stuck, can have a letter placed for them by using in-game currency. Sometimes the total number of letters at the bottom of the screen exceeds the number needed for the word, which amps up the difficulty. When the puzzle is solved, players learn a new fact, such as "By 2050, the plastics in the world's ocean will outweigh the fish."

Is it any good?

Your enjoyment of this trivia app will depend greatly on how you do with scrambled word puzzle games. If you're bad at them, GetFact might drive you bonkers quickly. But if you're even moderately good at them, it's a fun game that might just teach you a thing or two along the way. Players will try to solve the missing words in sentences with letters that are scattered at the bottom of the screen. There's no theme to the puzzles, so you'll get a random set of facts thrown at you when you play, which keeps you constantly on your toes.

The puzzles are challenging, because the answers are rarely obvious just from the set-up question, but they're not impossible. And the hint system can also nudge you in the right direction when you're stumped. While the number of video ads does get a bit annoying, it's not unreasonable for a free app. And, if you're an especially good player (or choose to buy in-game credits) you'll see very few. Overall, it's a fun way to both learn more about the world around you -- and stretch your brain in a different sort of way, 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about word puzzles. How are these fun ways to look at things differently? Does this make you think about topics or info in a new way?

  • Were you surprised by the factoids included in GetFact? Were there topics you knew more than others?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 30, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 126.60 MB
  • Version: 1.2.13
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: May 7, 2020

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