A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids will use their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to successfully move forward in the game. For example, kids will practice using adverbs to describe verbs and will practice finding synonyms in order to subdue bad guys and meet their objectives. Kids will also have the opportunity to practice reading and comprehension skills when reading the comics.
Ease of Play
Orientation introduces kids to navigation. Occasionally, hints may appear on the screen as an additional support. It's as simple as tapping on images and dragging words to the desired space to defeat bad guys using the power of language.
Violence & Scariness
Mild violence: Superheroes kick, throw objects, and use their superpowers to defeat thieves, zombies, and other bad guys who are threatening public peace.
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Products & Purchases
In-app subscription is required in order to unlock all playable comic issues, access all of the Marvel Heroes, and unlock additional app features including the personalized comic issues. Without a subscription, kids will only be able to play as the Marvel Hero on patrol and will only have access to one playable comic at a time.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids won't even notice they are building and practicing key reading and language skills as they enjoy the fun and vivid gameplay action that empowers them to save the day. Marvel Hero Tales features a video game approach, which will capture the attention of kids who enjoy controlling characters' movements as they complete missions. The educational component is layered in as a word game or as opportunities to read comics or fact files, but the transitions are pretty seamless. And there's a clear routine so kids can predict what's next. In order for kids to play independently, they'll need to have some comfort with reading, since the app doesn't offer a read-to me or read-aloud feature. Bu there's plenty of other support available for kids who need it.
The app will definitely capture the attention of Marvel Hero enthusiasts! They'll have the chance to choose from a collection of characters including Captain America, Spiderman, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel. It entices kids with popular characters and gameplay and keeps them engaged through comics and word games. The app empowers kids by giving them the authority over how comics are written. Through word choice, kids determine what Marvel Heroes will do and how they will do it. Kids can make silly sentences or sentences full of power and strength. It requires the completion of several rounds, but once ready, kids will be thrilled to see their ideas and input in the comic panels of their personalized book. The educational component and opportunities to practice and build reading and language skills are definitely a highlight. Although the free version offers some variety by varying the Marvel Hero "on patrol," kids may feel limited since they can only access one playable comic at a time and don't have access to the personalized comics. Otherwise, Marvel Hero Tales is a fun app that promotes creativity, reading, and language skills.
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