Jun 25, 2013
Spelling Monster is a gift from heaven to parents with kids in the early school years. it incorporates several learning tools and exercises into the gameplay, which is wrapped in the pleasing veneer of an Android game.
The main menu breaks the game into an adjustable word list and a bunch of mini games. The word list allows for the addition of just about any words, which is great for accounting for, say, vocabulary or multiple kids of different abilities using the app. The game list had five different games: Letter Pop, Missing Letter, Letter Catch, Word Traffic and Word Jumble.
The mini games are simple but innovative. In the first game I got to look at, Word Traffic, I liked the creativity. Words are presented, and several letters appear in the different lanes. The object of this game is to guide a car through the matching letters, in order, while avoiding the wrong ones. So, for instance, if the given word is “BEAUTIFUL,” one needs to avoid all the red herring letters and random cars, and use touch controls to hop from lane to lane appropriately. Three stars denote three lives, and mistakes end the run.
Another offering, Letter Pop is also interesting. As with the others, it gives a quick text tutorial at the beginning, and then goes direct to the action, which is seemingly underwater. In this, there is a given word, and the job is to match that given word with the options that appear in bubbles rising from the bottom to the top of the playing area.
The graphics were simple but effective, with nice coloring adorning the fun artwork. When there were animations, they worked without stuttering, and the music was the basic sin-songy fare that tends to accompany games of this nature.
The cool thing about this game is its built-in expandable nature. As noted, the word list can be expanded, and the developer also says more games will be added, and in the time I tested it, the developer did live up to that promise, which is very laudable. With a free version, there is even more to like.