It starts with colorful letter images and an upbeat jingle and once you start the puzzle game by pressing the “play” button, it’s simple for your child to move from letter to letter trying out all the puzzles and learning their ABCs.
Concept and Functionality
We have all seen books, videos and apps that try to teach kids their ABC’s by associating letters with words and trying to be as entertaining as possible. Chifro ABC does this as well as anyone and also offers the opportunity to trace out the letters in both upper and lower case, and a nice kid-friendly animated recital of the ABC song. This app does not try to do too much and we see that as a good thing.
The app works well on either an iPhone or an iPad and while the free version does have ads, they do not run along the bottom or come up while your child is using the app. They are full screen ads and only appear when you leave the activity or at the beginning when, presumably, an adult is setting it up.
The game in the app is a puzzle game that is fun and simple enough for the target age group to enjoy. The task is to put together the image of whatever is representing the current letter and it’s done is a way that will entertain and not frustrate young children.
As you move the three or four sections of the image into the outline of the puzzle the pieces get larger and, as long as you’re near where they should be, they “snap to” the spot in the puzzle where they belong.
Chifro ABC is designed well for its intended audience. The graphics are colorful and engaging and its layout is simple enough to be easily navigated by young children. Children who are not yet of reading age should be able to find their way around the app and play with it with minimal adult intervention.
With just a little bit of practice this ease in navigation allows children to explore the puzzles, letter tracing and ABC song in the app with more freedom than they would have if a parent’s guidance was always required. That being said, if you expect to leave your child along to play with this app we suggest you opt for the two IAPs available. You can remove ads and open all letters for $1.98 ($0.99 for each IAP).
We would like to see the audio of the app expanded a bit, the jingle, while to two activities, puzzles and letter tracking, have their own little jingles and are upbeat as mentioned before, they also repeat fairly frequently and can get annoying, at least to the adult sitting with the child.
When the game first starts you have the options to rate the app, see more apps from the developers in App Store by pressing the little circle with three stars in it in the upper right corner, or start the app by pressing the “play” button. We suggest you avoid pressing the little stars if you want to stay in the app.
As a free app there’s certainly nothing to lose by downloading it and checking it out. In fact, we commend the developers for that. It allows you to try the app, check out a few letters and then decide if you think it’s worth $1.98 to enjoy it to its fullest.
Chifro ABC offers a well designed and enjoyable experience for your little one and so it’s well worth the $1.98 it takes to unlock all the letters and remove the ads.
Chifro ABC requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
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