Match Blitz

Common Sense Media says

Simple multiplayer game challenges the whole family.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Setting up and playing a game is really easy -- just tap the matched item. The challenge gets increasingly harder, though, and adults may even find they don't have to "let" the kids win on this one.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A logo ad on the bottom of the home screen links to new apps. Other apps are linked behind the parent-lock screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The developer's simple, reader-friendly privacy policy indicates that the app doesn't collect any personal information or other data outside the parent section.

 

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

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn to quickly visually scan objects to perceive similarities and differences as they make matches or find differences. It's not just fun and games, though. Those visual perception skills are important pre-reading skills that will help kids quickly decipher letters and then words in print. They'll develop concentration skills, too, which will help in academic settings. Even adults benefit from the concentration and visual perception practice, keeping their brains sharp. Match Blitz isn't just great for all ages, but it helps kids practice visual and memory skills in a fun way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Release date:February 28, 2014
Category:Education
Size:25.90 MB
Publisher:Shiny Things
Version:1.0.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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