Tykwa Eng: Tic-Tac-Toe Meets Language Learning

Price: $2.99

Tykwa Eng: Video iPhone App Review

Tykwa Eng for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

When it comes to iPhone applications that really turn our crank, none of them do it quite like language learning apps. There’s just something about a pocket-sized piece of code that’s able to teach you a new language that gets us rolling. This is why we’re so stoked to be bringing you a full review of Tykwa Eng by developer FormFarm today. The app perfectly combines gaming with language acquisition, but not in a way that will have you staring endlessly at verb charts and performance graphs. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

If you have ever played the ye olden classic tic-tac-toe, then you already know how Tykwa works. However, there’s a lot more to it than simple X’s and O’s, so we’ll explain. Essentially, the app presents the players with a board of verb or word possibilities. From there, you must select a square to be presented with a question. If you answer the question correctly, that square is yours. If you answer it incorrectly, it’s the opponents. Like tic-tac-toe, this goes on until someone has actually won the board. Along the way, you’ll be answering questions in a sort of passé manner that are subconsciously filling your skull with real grammatical knowledge.

That’s the cool thing about Tykwa: It comes with a mountain of English learning content, but you’ll hardly notice it. The game itself is a lot of fun, and even as native English speakers, we still had a blast plowing through the questions. In other words, Tykwa is perhaps one of the single best, iPhone-inspired ways we know of to obtain some useful knowledge without feeling like you’re in class.

Design and Graphics

Tykwa Eng for iPhone

Tykwa Eng for iPhone

As graphic designers on the side, we’re sort of picky when it comes to the looks of our apps. However, Tykwa knocks this one right out of the park. The title is gorgeous from the ground up, offering a wall of cute colors, easy interactivity, and simplistic controls. We had no issues navigating the app’s functions, and playing the game is as simple as tapping a few times on the screen. It’s a very highly polished production, and we wouldn’t change a thing, save adding a few more instructional tit-bits to ensure the player is informed.

Overall Value

Best of all, Tykwa costs only two bucks in the App Store. That makes it a tremendous value for the student who’s looking to improve their grammatical skills with the English language, but isn’t quite sold on the concept of a class. Granted, Tykwa won’t teach you to be fluent, but it will go a long way toward ironing out some of your spoken inconsistencies. Overall, this is a tremendous value, and an app that we cannot recommend enough for the English student.

Tykwa EngTykwa Eng requires iOS 5.1 or later and is a universal app for iPhone/iPad and full support retina new iPadA small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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