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Mad Libs

Mindprint Rating


ELA: Writing ELA: Reading All Ages iOS App


Expressive Language Listening Comprehension Verbal Reasoning

Mindprint Expert Review


  • The game is well designed, asking for only one part of speech on the screen at a time and offering a hint button for examples.
  • With 20 different stories to choose from in the app, the price tag is reasonable, especially compared to a print version which is difficult to re--use.
  • Depending on the story chosen, there is opportunity for students to learn about new things. For example, in the India app students read about the caste system.


  • The hint words float across the screen a bit faster than they should and can be distracting for students with visual weaknesses.
  • Students can type in any word they choose and so there is no check on them selecting proper parts of speech if not playing with an adult.
  • MadLibs often devolves into inappropriate humor and the app allows users to type words without any restrictions.

Mindprint Expert Review

MadLibs is the ideal game to teach students parts of speech and to encourage students to read aloud. In this app version, the player picks one of 20 topics ranging from India to Little League Baseball and is asked one word at a time to type in 12 random parts of speech to fit into the story. The instructions explain the parts of speech and the hint button is available to reinforce and give a student examples if the student is playing alone. Students can save their completed stories. For students who do not like to read aloud, MadLibs is one of the best tools to encourage this important skill.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)


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

  • Reading Basics
  • Social Awareness
  • Spelling

Manufacturer Description

The world’s greatest word game is back with an all-new look! Fill in the blanks and be the funniest person in the room!

• 21 free Mad Libs stories with new free content added all the time
• New swipe gestures make creating stories faster and easier
• Interactive hints provide inspiration and speed your play along
• Save your stories and share with friends
• Earn stickers and badges every time you play
• Brand-new Game Center rewards
• Replay stories as many times as you want
• Play solo or with friends and family
• Bright, engaging color palette and all-new typography
• Custom illustrations for every book
• Explore optional in-app purchases for loads more stories
• Kid-friendly interface
• No 3rd party advertising

Bright, fun, and more engaging—it’s an even cooler Mad Libs app experience.

For the very first time, an original soundtrack and audio effects.

This game makes you seriously smart—you’ll learn how to make great, fun, smart word choices!

**To restore your previously purchased books from older versions of the Mad Libs app, please visit the menu and click Restore Purchases, located under Game Center.**

Please note that this app requires iOS 7.0 or higher

For support, please contact: madlibsappsupport@us.penguingroup.com