GazziliWords: Written and Video iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we recently took a look at a rather fantastic application aimed at children called GazziliPuzzles by developer GazziliWorld. Today, we’re happening upon a similar title by the same developer: GazziliWords. Like its cousin, the app offers up some seriously good concept enabling potential from the iPhone and iPad. But unlike its more puzzle-influenced predecessor, this one helps your children to master their vocabulary through a series of fun and engaging mini-games. For our full review of GazziliWords, you need only to look further down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
The basic idea behind GazziliWords looks something like this: The app wants to teach your children as many vocabulary words as it possibly can. There doesn’t seem to be much of a theme to this, but we’re hardly complaining as all of the words are excellent concepts. To pick a word, your child merely needs to tap on it at the home screen. For instance, they can select the word “Fingerprint” from the list, and away the app goes.
Each word comes with a unique mini-game that reinforces the concept of the word. To give an example, the fingerprint mini-game has your child tapping the screen to form a basic shape. Each tap leaves behind a fingerprint. In this way, your child doesn’t necessarily need to understand semantically what the word means, as the intuitive meaning is simply understood. It’s a brilliant concept, and one that we—as language learners and students even in our old age—can heartily get behind. Furthermore, the wide variety in both concepts and mini-games provides for an incredibly diverse and enriching experience for your children or classroom.
Graphics and Design
As with the other Gazzili titles we’ve had the distinct pleasure of looking at recently, we quite like the way that GazziliWords looks. The app is lively, robust and soft in such a way that we find it hard to believe a child would not want to play with the title. It’s got all the hallmarks of good illustration and design that we demand: Bright colors, rounded-off graphics, and an interface even a two year old can manipulate. All in all, it’s a solid effort, and though it doesn’t wow our socks off like some of the hand-drawn eBooks we’ve seen for children, it’s hardly less than spot-on.
In fact, the only real downside to the application is its pricing. The app itself is free and comes with a few trial word packs. From here, you’ll need to spend a dollar a pop to expand the app’s playtime. This is a steep price to pay, though it is certainly a worthwhile one. Still, it deducts a few points here at the finish line, though it does not mean GazziliWords loses our recommendation. This is a fantastic app, and if you’re in need of a new learning tool on the iPhone or iPad, this is the one to spring for.
GazziliWords requires iOS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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