Making Word Learning Fun with Adventures of Marvin and Mel Monkey

Price: Free
Adventures of Marvin and Mel Monkey: Written iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Sometimes kids need a little boost in the right direction to get them motivated to learn new words and vocabulary. Whether it is cartoon characters, or animals like monkeys, the Adventures of Marvin and Mel Monkey app from developer On The Dot LLC will make sure kids will have much fun while learning at the same time. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and runs on iOS 4.0 or later.


When the user first loads the app, they will be notified that someone has stolen the letters from the zoo and it is up to them to recover them. Basically, they will need to help Marvin and Mel Monkey restore the title to their Paradise Zoo. The main menu has several icons which can allow the user to purchase outfits for their characters, check out their trophy room, and adjust the game settings such as sound, resetting the game, and viewing game credits.

The user will be traveling with Marvin and Mel around the world to places such as Madagascar, Hawaii, Arctic and Thailand to solve various word games. The basic premise of the game is to move Marvin and Mel back and forth across the screen to catch various letters and rewards in a certain amount of time to complete the level. They will also need to avoid obstacles such as falling coconuts.

Please note that this is the “Lite” version. If the user wants to play more levels, obtain more outfits and more rewards, they can do so by getting the full version of this app available in the iTunes store.
Appearance and Layout:

Adventures of Marvin and Mel Monkey iPhone App Review

The overall graphics of Adventures of Marvin and Mel Monkey is decent. Simplicity is the key here, so that kids and their parents can enjoy the plot and the game both. The background music is great and enjoyable. The layout can be somewhat confusing at first, but once the user watches the demonstration prior to accessing the first levels, they should get the hang of the game in no time.


Overall, since this is the “Lite” version of the app, it is good that they made it available for free so users can get an idea of what it is like prior to getting the full version. This app is fun, beneficial and kids will never get enough of cute little monkeys like Marvin and Mel. Getting the full version wouldn’t be such a bad idea, especially if your kids want to continue on their adventures around the world with Marvin and Mel and gain a learning experience at the same time!

Adventures of Marvin and Mel Monkey  iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review. The iPhone app reviews rating: [Rating: 4/5]


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