Prose with Bros
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prose with Bros allows players to create, view, listen to, vote on, and tweet (or share on Facebook) sentences composed from random and colorful words. The words themselves are not explicit, but the created sentences and word pairs that appear while the app is loading are often euphemistically sexual and sometimes mention violence. There is no mechanism for reporting inappropriate sentences or usernames. There are two main game modes: In one, users create sentences; in another, users read and listen to others' sentences, then vote on the best one in each pair. Players can challenge random opponents (but there is no open chat), find contacts, or use pass-and-play. The app has an undercurrent of "bros" and "dudes," but there is no explicit exclusion of women.
Is it any good?
This app combines magnetic poetry with the multiplayer challenge of Scrabble or Words With Friends, with the added element of a semi-public voting audience. With this unconventional approach and smattering of popular and oddball vocabulary, the app has the potential to get teens engaged in thinking about language arts elements like rhythm and meter, even if they don't realize it. Still, the app is mainly entertaining rather than educational, and its entertainment value is entirely at the whims of its sentence writers and voters. With the words provided, users can get creative or get crass, and there's no predicting or controlling which way the app will go.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: presenting to others|
|Skills:||Communication: conveying messages effectively |
Creativity: producing new content
|Release date:||September 1, 2011|
|Publisher:||Evil Laugh Games|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 3.1.2 or later|