A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Prose with Bros wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
There is not a lot of instruction in this app, but play is fairly straightforward. Players are immediately presented with a pair of sentences created by two opponents drawing on the same pool of words. Sentences are automatically read aloud (with pizzazz). Players vote on which sentence they prefer (and also "like" the sentences, save them to favorites, tweet them, or skip to the next pair). In the other game mode, players can challenge opponents and submit sentences of their own for voting. After 12 hours of voting, a winner is determined. The sentence creating mode is intuitive to use, and there are hints for features like changing the ends of words. There is no variety in difficulty level.
Violence & Scariness
No violence is shown, but several of the words available, usernames, and popular sentences suggest violent acts, such as "pillage," "nunchuks," or "fisticuffs."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While sexual words are not included explicitly, euphemisms for body parts and sexual acts are ubiquitous in the sentences and present in a few of the usernames. Words like "pantyhose" and "massage" facilitate this trend.
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There are no explicit curse words, but some of the sentences combine words in derogatory ways, such as "tossing midgets."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Only a few of the words explicitly deal with drinking, drugs, and smoking, but some of the sentences mention or promote these activities.
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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.
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