Type Type Train

App review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Learn-to-type game ramps up very quickly, best on iPad.

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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.

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What 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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Is it any good?

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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