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Alpha Omega

For: Students
Mindprint Rating

Tags

All Ages iOS App

Skills

Flexible Thinking Working Memory Verbal Reasoning

Mindprint Expert Review

Pros

  • Puzzles are only a few words each, so they can be good for students who do not typically enjoy word puzzles or who have shorter attention spans.
  • Students are given almost immediate feedback on answers, which can minimize frustration.
  • Puzzles offer progressive types of challenge to keep the app interesting.

Considerations

  • Students will need to pay for hints if they are really stuck.
  • While adults may appreciate the clean graphics, children might expect something more exciting.

Mindprint Expert Review

Alpha Omega is a great word puzzle app that combines elements of word unscramble and crossword puzzles. Students move progressively through the puzzles of a few words each that are set up in crossword puzzle format. Each puzzle has a category such as food, places in a city, or animals. The letters are filled in and students must unscramble letters to create words to fit the category. Letters are "locked in" once the word is correct and students are alerted almost immediately if they moved letters incorrectly. They can always restart or undo their moves. Hence the puzzles offer the challenge of figuring out the solution without the frustration of going through a long puzzle only to realize a mistake was made somewhere along the way. While some students may not be immediately attracted to the simple design or another word puzzle, this app offers a good way to develop flexible thinking, working memory and verbal reasoning skills without the typical corresponding frustrations.

Fun

Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Visually appealing to children in the target age range
  • Provides virtual rewards or incentives after meeting specified goals or objectives
  • Provides a "break activity" between academic problem sets
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Has a free or trial version
  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Provides an age-appropriate tutorial/first time users can work independently
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Has a multi-player option to foster in-person collaboration or cooperation
  • Multiple users can save a profile
  • Student graduates to the next level or topic only after meeting a benchmark
  • Can play without sound and not distract others
  • Students can save work between sessions
  • Can effectively understand and monitor student's progress (email report or in product)
  • Provides options to play in languages other than English/Good for ELL
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Cognitive Concerns

May not be advisable for students with the following cognitive needs

  • Attention
    • Promotes purchases or upgrades to students
    • Age inappropriate amount of work which could overwhelm or discourage students
  • General Information
    • Assumes specific knowledge or vocabulary without "look-up" options
  • Organization
    • Age inappropriate amount of work which could overwhelm or discourage students
  • Self-regulation
    • Promotes purchases or upgrades to students
    • Gives negative feedback (red X's, buzzer)
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
    • Assumes specific knowledge or vocabulary without "look-up" options

Manufacturer Description

“The visuals are gorgeous... typography is stunning... the soundtrack is also tranquil and atmospheric” - AppAdvice

"If you’re after a relaxed but challenging word game, Alpha Omega has you covered fairly nicely.” - 148Apps

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Can you solve each crossword puzzle, with only the first and last letters as your guide?

CLUES EVERYWHERE… You are given a clue and a puzzle full of scrambled words. Once you decipher a word, it itself becomes a clue, enabling you to decipher other words…

OVER 2,200 LEVELS... After you've graduated from “The Original” level pack - or whenever you're ready - jump right into challenging new premium level packs, each available for a small purchase. More content will be released regularly.

RELAXING GAMEPLAY… No rush here! Take your time to think as a beautiful ambient soundtrack accompanies gameplay. Even access a custom music player to play whatever track you like.

BEAUTIFUL THEMES… Bright colors, seasons, pastels… even a dark theme to play at night! Change the entire look and feel of the game board with custom themes.

Can you solve all levels from Alpha to Omega? Download and find out!

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SOME IMPORTANT NOTES…

The Unlimited Pass unlocks the entire game. All level packs (current and future), all themes, unlimited hints - and removes all ads. It’s well worth it and we highly recommend you purchase it. The price will only go up as new level packs are released!

Hint packages are available in the app as in-app purchases, but are not required. They simply can help you work your way through more challenging levels, and they also help developers such as us continue to make great games for you :)

Not all words in each puzzle have first and last letters locked in place, but enough are there to get you started!

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