It isn’t often that there’s an app game that the whole family can play. It’s even more rare that there’s one teenagers would be willing to play and play WITH their parents! I have found such an app game! It’s WordPlay by Muddyum, created by PicPocket Books’.
The .99 app is exclusive to the Apple iPad and iPad mini. Although anyone from about age 6 on up into adulthood would enjoy the game, it geared a little more toward ages 13 and up because the app includes social media links for sharing achievements. These links are within the app and are accessed through separate buttons that don’t effect game play.
The games are supposed to connect the visual and verbal parts of the brain by combining “found-object” images with common sayings and brain-teaser words. For instance, I’m kind of ashamed to say how long it took me to get the one pictured below (“bang for your buck”). But others are easier and even though they are, and I’m a grown woman, it still made me feel good that I figured it out. I let my teenagers try out the game and they really enjoyed it. I can totally imagine the games helping us fill time while waiting at the doctor’s office or on a long road-trip, or, of course, just around the house. It was something we could bond over and congratulate each other for figuring out. How often does that happen with teens? Hardly ever. I think I may have even heard angels singing for a minute there…
The app includes original artwork, three levels of challenge, free hints (which I used a lot). Users can also purchase eight additional puzzle packs.
Courtney downloaded the app during its free, promotional period, to facilitate this review. Her opinions are unbiased and are her own.