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Zebrainy: A-Z kids games

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Lovely letter worlds feature words, quirks, and high price.

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Beautiful graphics and great audio make it seem like this letter adventure has lots of promise, but the actual experience turns out to be pretty average. Zebrainy: A-Z kids games starts with an interesting, though sometimes odd, story of two zebra friends on an adventure through letter portals. The letter-themed worlds that kids enter look great and the background music makes it all even more inviting. In all the worlds, there are 250 words total to find, and many items are more than just your typical "A is for apple." The developers are clearly non-native English speakers, which isn't necessarily a problem except that it comes through in some odd choices in words' explanations and even some misspelled words. Also, the actual letter learning is limited, with the only letter task being a short drag-and-drop onto a letter outline. It's not entirely clear why Zebrainy: A-Z kids games is priced as subscription rather than a simple app purchase since it doesn't seem like content changes. And, finally, discrepancies around pricing and the amount of content available for a trial period raises questions. Yet, if parents can get past all that, and are interested in an open-ended, exploration-based game with pretty visuals and nice music that introduces words categorized by letter, Zebrainy: A-Z kids games could be a reasonable choice.

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