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SUPER WHY Alpha Boost!

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Party-themed word app too simple and too fast to be fun.

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Party theme notwithstanding, SUPER WHY ALPHA BOOST! may not be a good time for many kids who expect more from educational game apps (especially from the typically high-quality PBS Kids brand) than this app offers. The themes and character may change, but there's just one basic game, and it requires no more thinking than tilting a mobile device back-and-forth. In addition, once the character on the screen hits certain falling objects, the screen movements speed up at such a fast rate that many young kids playing the game won't likely be able to follow the word formation at the bottom right corner of even just three- or four-letter words, thereby making any learning less likely (although the words are repeated at the end of the game). In the boost mode, the falling objects, balloons, and letters are propelled forward at too fast a rate for the very young pre-K and K audience that SUPER WHY tends to attract. Ironically, the rest of the game is sort of slow-paced. There seems to be no happy medium on this game, which causes over- or under-stimulation at even rates.

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