A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn spelling, vocabulary, and reading skills as they search for words among a bunch of letters. Kids must problem-solve and think flexibly to figure out how the letters in front of them can be combined to make words. Special bonus tiles and letters with different point values can motivate kids to try harder to make that perfect, high-scoring word. The words a playing partner makes -- whether it's another human or the computer -- can help kids see possibilities they may not have considered and may introduce them to words they've never heard. Though not perfect, Word Sundae is a cute way for family members to play with word construction, so long as everyone understands the rules and scoring first.
Ease of Play
Navigation is a snap, but with no hints for kids having trouble making words, playing could be a challenge. The weighted scoring system also isn't very clear and can cause confusion.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This Scrabble-like game is a nice, basic platform for some good old competitive word-building fun, but there are flaws. The ice cream theme, animal avatars, weighted scoring system, and limited letter choice work well to make the game seem appealing to younger kids. Yet without built-in help, preschoolers -- most of whom don't read independently yet -- will be hard-pressed to form more than a few simple words. The young target age is inconsistent with many of the words the computer generates when you're playing solo against the computer; for example "airt," "boral," and "miter" are probably not in most preschoolers' vocabularies. Also, the computer sometimes generates first names, such as "Joe," which is usually not allowed in this type of game. The weighted scoring system is a nice idea, but its logic isn't clear, which could make older kids feel a bit cheated. Flexibility in word length for older players would stretch the challenge and creativity as well. If an adult explains these features before playing, however, it could be a way for siblings to use a device together while practicing verbal skills.
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