A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about vocabulary use and solving puzzles. The game involves some critical thinking and strategy use at times, and the points they earn will provide basic math and counting experience. Instructions and other written content offer reading practice, and kids work toward short-term goals in chapters. Finding words within a set of letters may also provide some spelling practice. Kids will need to look up any words they aren't familiar with separately because definitions aren't included in the app, but it offers some brief vocabulary lessons about things like what different herds of animals are called.
Ease of Play
New game elements are clearly explained when they're introduced.
Violence & Scariness
Violence involving animals is shown -- cats explode -- but isn’t encouraged, and it has an exaggerated, comical intent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A joke involving an album of deer sounds involves vague innuendo, but nothing too concrete.
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The word butt is used several times in one of the chapters, including in its name, and players are called a loser if they fail to win a round.
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Products & Purchases
Players can buy avatars, troops of animals, or houses that range from $0.99 to $2.99.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kitty Letter is a word game for iOS and Android devices. Younger kids can play this to help reinforce their verbal skills. There's very little to buy in the game, apart from avatars or other characters, and players will work their way through about a dozen chapters that contain word puzzle challenges. The app's content, written with a comedic tone, touches on a few vaguely iffy subjects, such as animal mating, terms like butt, and exploding cats -- but it's all for a humorous effect.
Is It Any Good?
This witty spelling- and vocabulary-based game blends word search puzzles with an ongoing storyline. The conflict in Kitty Letter stems from a neighbor whose cats keep wandering onto your property and exploding. To stop that, you need to use an enchanted language vortex to unscramble words from a group of letters. Once formed, the words will then magically transform into cats who can help defend your home. Instead of levels, the game's broken up into chapters. Some involve additional challenges, such as only entering words that are palindromes.
The storyline doesn't equate to a plot, exactly -- primarily, kids will be trying to deal with groups of cats marching toward their house in each round, with different elements mixed in. Still, it's pretty enjoyable. Unconventional, at times almost dark humor is woven throughout the chapters, but the references generally are more wacky than inappropriate. The set of letters kids generate terms with can change during chapters -- and when it does, they're shown a word they could have entered, which offers a nice learning opportunity. They'll also see a word they're told they could have entered at the very beginning of the chapter, which is a little confusing, since they haven't started playing yet -- but the word search function may just be running on a loop. In some chapters, the additional challenge-related elements can make the action difficult to follow when you're also trying to rapidly combine letters into words at the bottom. But the marching cat battalions generally don't require too much active intervention, so while kids may be bummed if they miss some of the action, it won't have a huge effect on how the round plays out. The focus in Kitty Letter is, somewhat surprisingly, truly just on playing and having fun, which is a refreshing -- and rare -- take in today's game market.
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