What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Match Blitz is super preschool-friendly -- no reading required, cute graphics, and totally kid-safe -- but it's fun and challenging enough that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy playing together. The challenge adjusts based on speed and performance, moving from a few obviously different objects to choose from to several objects of the same color. Kids can play alone in practice mode, or they can play two-, three-, or four-player games. There are no user accounts to set up. Kids can just pick it up and play right away, tapping the matched object that is found in every player's square (or twice in the practice mode.) First player to get 10 matches wins.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- academic development
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
The challenge of the game is fun, and being able to play against others makes it even more engaging. The design is straightforward and easy for preschoolers to use.
Game challenge adapts based on speed and accuracy, keeping kids appropriately challenged. It's a great social experience with kids playing in two-, three-, or four-player games. The practice in visual perception transfers well to reading skills.
No reading is required, so non-readers or kids with different language backgrounds can play easily. No scores or data is tracked, which is part of the beautiful simplicity of the game.
What's it about?
Kids can play alone in practice mode, tapping the object that is matched or pictured twice. They can also play against others in a two-, three-, or four-player game where each player takes a corner of the screen as their board and tries to be the first to tap the object pictured on every player's board. Indiscriminate tapping won't work -- players lose a point for incorrect taps. The first player to get 10 matches wins. Matches start easy enough with two objects pictured for each player, but the challenge increases to match players' ability.
Is it any good?
MATCH BLITZ is a simple concept that is challenging enough to be really fun. It brings the fun and bonding of a board game to the iPad (so there's nothing to set up or pick up), and the challenge adjusts automatically to keep it fun. Setup is as simple as tapping the number of players, so kids won't get impatient waiting for everything to be entered. The games are short, which is just right for short attention spans. Adults will find the advanced levels -- with chalk drawings and monochromatic objects -- challenging enough to keep the game competitive. There's no tracking of how many wins each player gets -- which may be disappointing to more competitive players -- but is nice for kids because they get a fresh start with every game.
Families can talk about...
Everyone in the family can benefit from the visual concentration practice, and they'll have fun playing together.
Have kids practice sorting and matching socks in the laundry.