Imangi

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Letter-sliding word puzzle game is trickier than it looks.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn vocabulary and spelling as they create their own words and view words created by other players. They'll have to use strategy to manipulate the letters into the right positions. The app offers several ways to play, so kids can exercise different skills depending on which mode they choose: working on spelling as they play the standard game for high scores, quick word recognition as they play the speed game, or new vocabulary as they review friends' or other players' games. Imangi is a fun app that will put word skills and strategy to the test.

Ease of Play

The game is fairly easy to learn, with brief instruction pages for each type of game, but it's mostly text without a lot of images to illustrate them. The bonus squares are a little hard to distinguish from the regular squares after they've been selected. The interface is fairly streamlined and easy to use, though.

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While the game does not teach any bad words, some words are allowed in the dictionary and others are not; the player would need to know the word already to use it in the game. The global high scores list shows top scores from around the world. Players can choose their own usernames; one high scorer is named "boobies," so that shows up on the list.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Imangi is a difficult word puzzle game that involves sliding rows and columns of letters. There is a small privacy issue with the "friend challenge" and global high scores features, but both of those are optional and the game doesn't connect to any other social media sites. Although younger children can play, it's quite challenging and may be more appropriate for older kids and teens looking to sharpen their vocabulary skills.

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What's it about?

Imangi combines Words with Friends and Boggle to create a mind-bending challenge where players slide rows and columns of letters and create words within the scramble, either horizontally or vertically. Players are asked to provide an email address to create an account to play the daily challenge or play against friends. They can also play a standard game alone for a high score or play a speed round against the clock.

Is it any good?

IMANGI is tougher than it may appear at first. The goal is to arrange the letters on the board to spell as many words as possible in a crossword-style format. The trick is that you rotate rows and columns, one at a time, so trying to create a new word may disrupt words you already have in place. You tap on letters to highlight them, and any that qualify as words will turn green. Special red letters give you bonus points when used, but deduct points if left unused. The red bonus letters are hard to see when they are highlighted, but that's the only real flaw. Imangi is a fun combination of word games and sliding-tile puzzles, with a simple interface and unique gameplay.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about having fun with words. Challenge your kid to create a word scramble for you on paper. Give her a number of words to include that intersect. Then solve the puzzle.

  •     Play some classic word board games together as a family.

  • Play some classic word board games together as a family -- Scattergories, Scrabble, etc.

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