A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that TextTwist 2 for iPad is set of five single-player word games. In each game, you are given five to seven letters to unscramble into words of three to seven letters. Each word receives points, and making the longest word allows you to advance to the next level. Play can be timed or untimed. Links from the main menu give options for emailing friends or buying more games. A similar app, TextTwist 2, is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android.
What's it about?
Text Twist 2 for iPad has five game modes. In standard mode, players unscramble a batch of five to seven letters to form words of three to seven letters. One bingo word uses all the letters; once this word is solved, players can advance. Shorter words earn additional points, as does finishing before an optional two-minute timer. In letter mania, new letters replace used ones, and players find new words. In lightning round, players only find the bingo word using all the letters from each batch in quick succession. The app tracks player stats.
Is it any good?
The five modes of play and multitude of ways you can win trophies and extra points provide something for everyone in TEXTTWIST 2 FOR IPAD. The game is easy to use and learn, and it's great to be able to listen to your iPod while playing. This is also a great way to practice spelling words in other languages. Since only one game per mode is saved at once, it could be tricky to share within the family, but kids will still enjoy competing for high scores.
Talk to your kids about ...
Challenge your kid to define the daily or bingo word, and check the definition together in Wiktionary.
Talk aloud as you play, pointing out spelling patterns and letter pairings (such as ck, th, sh, ie).
Discourage random guessing by challenging your kid to keep the invalid word stat below 10 words per game.
For kids who love word games and puzzle games
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