Type Type Train

Common Sense Media says

Learn-to-type game ramps up very quickly, best on iPad.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The directions are very clear about how to use the app. But, despite the app having three playing difficulties, the difficulty increases quickly within each of those levels, making the game challenging for beginners. The Western-style font used on the keyboard may be difficult for kids to read. Spellings appear to be British, including words such as "humour."

Violence & scariness

Occasionally there is the opportunity to blow up word trains to help clear the screen. There are no injuries to any living thing.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Crystal, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, create a profile, set location, post scores on leaderboards, add friends, post status messages, and connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers. The
Crystal privacy policy states that it may collect and use information including name, email address, a phone’s Unique Device ID, and IP address. Crystal gives users the option to disagree to terms and conditions, after which new personal data will not be stored on their servers. This will reduce the functionality of the Crystal network for the user.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Type Type Train is an educational typing game that teaches kids to type as quickly and accurately as possible. There are three difficulties (Easy, Medium, and Insane), each of which has 12 levels and a few bonus Golden Spike levels. Trains with words on their sides appear on the screen, while kids type the words one by one, as quickly as possible. A correctly typed word will make that train disappear. If the wrong next letter is tapped, kids have to start over at the beginning of the word. If the trains aren't made to disappear fast enough, they bunch up. Too much bunching and the game is over. Each of the 12 levels has a higher train goal than the last. Golden Spike levels are easier and slower than the regular levels, and have a lower train goal. Once enough Golden Spikes are earned, extra app features are unlocked, such as new tools to help clear the screen (to buy players more time). This game is challenging and may not be a good fit for beginners.

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TYPE TYPE TRAIN's difficulty within each of its three levels increases quickly, making this game a significant challenge to everyone, but especially to beginners with no previous typing instruction. If kids type a wrong letter in a word but don't notice, the next letter they type might be the beginning of another word, so time is lost searching for the new started train. Also, the font on the keyboard may be difficult for kids to read. The game is advertised as being good for the iPad and the iPod Touch/iPhone, but the smaller screen of the latter options would make this game practically impossible; the size of the keyboard on the iPad is sufficient, however.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:March 29, 2011
Category:Word Games
Version:1.01
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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