Animal Crosswords is a smooth, well designed crosswords application for children. Children complete the crosswords by looking at picture clues which show them the word meant to go down or across. The alphabet letters are arranged around the crossword puzzle and children will drag the letters to the crossword squares to spell out the words. When they finish the puzzle they receive a colorful congratulations and the next puzzle is unlocked. The puzzles are grouped by difficulty and become progressively more difficult with the words that are used.
Animal Crosswords has fifty-six crosswords and they are each given a different animal as their theme. Using the animals they are then put into a group and children will unlock the groups as they solve the puzzles. There is a group of Pet cross words and Sea animals, Zoo animals, Jungle animals and so on. The crosswords use other words besides animal names though. They have common sight words along with longer more difficult words for older children. If children become stuck on a word there is a button that will remove the extra letters and only show those needed in the crossword. As they complete the puzzle these letters disappear after being used.
I found the graphics and game play in Animal Crosswords to be very appealing. I actually sat and played through the entire Farm animals group myself. I also like how the app uses crosswords that intersect multiple times like they do in adult puzzles. If you’d like to try the app out for free then Animal Crosswords Lite provide eight puzzles which will give you a great taste of what you’ll get in the full version.
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.
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