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Lost Alphabet review (iPad)

March 3, 2012

“I’m going down to alphabet street…”

10 word description: A mini-quest for kids aged 4 years and up. (Copied from app store description)

The intro story explains how a witch tried to steal the alphabet but ended up scattering the letters all over the land

10 word review: Charming and colourful. Letter drag/drop can be rather finicky.

You can visit the locations in any order

You will like this if you enjoy: Games that make learning the alphabet fun (if you’re 4). Playing educational games with your children (if you’re older than 4).

Each scene has letters to find and animations to discover

The good news: Looks very pretty. Easy to get into. Plenty of different scenes. A scoring system – good for slightly older kids (and me) who can understand the challenge of beating a game,

There was a large wolf here, but I encouraged him to leave by feeding him a cake. Seriously

The bad news: Dropping letters onto the alphabet bar at the bottom of the screen occasionally gets the letter stuck outside its correct slot, where it can no longer be picked up or moved. This can be fixed by leaving that scene and returning to it, but this introduces some frustration that the game could do without.

The mermaid makes an interesting sound when you touch her, very 'When Harry Met Sally' - who said learning can't be fun?

Arcadelife verdict: I enjoyed playing this with my 4 year old son and he stuck with it for quite a while, more interested in talking about the very detailed and attractive pictures than doing the alphabet puzzle, but that’s not really important. The issues with dragging the letters and getting them stuck on the wrong part of the alphabet board (or they sometimes seem to vanish completely) needs to be sorted out; I doubt it’s a lot of work to correct it.

Overall, it’s a pretty good aid for letter identification. I’d like an option to have the hidden letters displayed in lower case instead of capitals, that would be great.

 

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 7/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 7.5/10
Final rating – 78/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

FounDreams website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 5.0.1)
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