What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Imangi's simple concept and interface make for a fun and challenging word game.
As kids peruse the board for words, they’ll work on spelling skills (words won't be accepted and turn green if they aren't spelled correctly). They may pick up on new vocabulary when they look over other player's game boards, and they'll use strategy to move the letters into the positions they want.
Instructions are simple, so there's not a lot of need for support, but there's a basic developer website to consult if you want a little more information.
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.
Families can talk 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.