Word Solitaire: Aurora

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Terrific vocabulary twist on the playing card classic.

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It's no harder to learn this game than it is to learn solitaire with a deck of cards. In fact, it's easier -- assuming you know how to spell. There's also a tutorial to guide you.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Word Solitaire: Aurora is a word-based puzzle game that is in the same vein as the playing card standard. Six (or seven, depending on the mode) columns of cards containing letters are laid out on the screen, and users must use the entire deck to create words by dragging letters on top of one another. The game offers several modes for players -- from a pick-up-and-go quick play mode to a 250-level campaign. The game is chiefly a single-player game and safe for children, but it does have a global mode, letting people match their scores against others on a daily puzzle. (A leaderboard displays the username of the top five in several categories, but no other personal information.) The app is also available in an iPad-only version called Word Solitaire HD.

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WORD SOLITAIRE: AURORA will quickly become a favorite title of word-game fans. The game takes the familiar concept of solitaire and transforms it into something new and unique. The campaign mode will keep you occupied for hours, and the global mode (updated daily) is a wonderful (and child-safe) way to test your skills against a diverse group of players. Word Solitaire: Aurora probably isn't suited for young ones who are just learning to spell, but for those who can, it proves to be a delightfully entertaining diversion that just might teach them something without them realizing it.

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