Here at the iPhone App Review, we have long held that our favorite (at the very least my favorite) genre to review is children’s educational gaming.
There’s just something so cool about being able to say, “This game will inspire youths of the world to learn concepts that will propel them to success.”
Straylings is a brilliant example of how engaging gameplay can be combined with equally solid educational concepts.
The end result is a tastefully priced addition to your child’s daily regiment of English grammar.
If you’re looking for more information, just slide on down below the break for the full rub.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Straylings is an application designed to teach your child various grammar points related to the English language. For instance, your child might reinforce their concept of determiners, like articles, quantifiers and demonstratives. Or, they might brush up on their agreements—that’s subject verb, not legal or argumentative.
Lastly, they might look into forming questions with their newly acquired skills, helping them grow into well-reasoned and curious adults.
How is this done? Through a cleverly designed cartoon wrapper, of course!
It’s a stunning bit of work where your child will be asked to complete various sentences by filling in the blanks. Doing so correctly (and quickly) means their character of choice will “best” their opponent—yes, in a sort-of-fisticuffs scenario.
Don’t worry, it’s not much of a fight, much more like Pokémon than real world boxing. And no matter how you slice it, the gameplay is deliciously simple, yet endlessly rewarding for the student.
All in all, it’s a solid concept with some excellent potential for continued education.
Design and Graphics
It also helps its case quite a bit that it looks as good as it does. Straylings is positively stunning, offering a menagerie of levels and questions to match.
The characters that will be doing the scrapping are also exceedingly well-animated, and though we might like to see more avatar options in the future, what’s here is certainly good.
In terms of interfacing, Straylings is also quite well done. There’s no scuffle involved with navigation the menus, and the levels are neatly arranged so that children of any learning age can make do.
Best of all, Straylings is priced so that it won’t break your college fund! At only a dollar in the App Store, it’s hard to go wrong with this wonderful little educational tool.
In the future, we hope to see further character introductions, as well as even more grammar lessons.
But in the mean-time, this is a wonderful addition to your child’s iOS device, especially for the price tag. Our hats are off here, and our rating is high: Well done, Edu-fy!
Straylings requires iOS 3.2 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.
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