Puzzle & Dragons, long a major hit overseas, is a fantastic combination of puzzle solving and dungeon crawling for the iPhone, and an extremely addictive experience. The game merges a number of diverse gameplay elements, and while the app, itself, suffers from some issues in setup and the interface is a bit dry, the game is extremely addictive.
After installation, Puzzle & Dragons will run through more than 300 updates that can take up to ten minutes, so be sure you are on a Wi-Fi connection the first time you play. After initial setup, it runs fairly smoothly without any … Read more
When the word nerds (a term of endearment, I swear) at the Oxford English Dictionaries sat down to consider which word commanded enough prominence during the course of 2013 to be named the official word of the year, the choice was obvious.
In an unusual unanimous decision, the group awarded the honor to two syllables which, when combined in a particular order, best describe the paradoxical nexus of narcissism and shared social experience known as the "selfie."… Read more
English Synonyms Dictionary with Sound is really two apps in one -- a thesaurus/dictionary and a text-to-voice reader -- both of which work but without anything more than the basics. Setup and use are straightforward, but for advanced features, certain words, and integration between the two functions, you'll likely need to look elsewhere as this app doesn't go beyond its core offerings.
There are two options when starting English Synonyms Dictionary with Sound. The first is to search for words that will then provide a basic definition and a list of synonyms. It really is a halfway … Read more
The English Tagalog Dictionary provides a quick and easy-to-use dictionary experience on your iPhone, but has some serious issues in the setup phase, combined with a messy interface. The dictionary, itself, works as advertised and is extremely responsive, but you'll need to wade through a handful of issues to get to that point.
When you first open the dictionary, you'll need to download the actual definitions. This takes quite a bit of time, and because of the small size of the files and clear lag between device and servers, we wonder why they were not included with the … Read more
Supiki English Conversation is a smartly-designed and expertly-crafted app that combines game-like elements with the conversational tools of the iPhone to teach English. The app works very well in many situations, but is often limited by the steep price of upgrades and the lack of control over which lessons you can use. For those that fully invest in Supiki, it offers many fun surprises that dabblers may not have the chance to experience.
When you start using Supiki, you can access a handful of lessons for free. Other lessons will unlock as you complete the initial ones, but because of … Read more
Kids English HD is an app that hits the right mark in almost every way for small children. Combining engaging gameplay with a plethora of options and different learning styles, this app will provide a means for almost any young child to start learning English--whether written letters and words or the spoken language.
The design and interface of the app are perfect for small children. Without any onscreen ads to distract from the action, you can choose from five different activities, each of them designed to help children learn in a different way. Drawing cues help children learn how to … Read more
We know from other popular language programs that word and picture association is a great way to learn a new language. Everybody English uses that same formula to teach kids how to speak English. For a free app, it offers a good variety of words and games to make learning fun.
Everybody English opens with a colorful main menu. Labeled arrows point users to its features, including a Settings menu that lets you adjust sound, buy more games, and access the Help feature. Now, the Help feature claims you can access games from the main menu, but we found that … Read more
Learning any language can be a tough endeavor, but reading words and hearing their pronunciations can help make the new language stick. English Reading combines classic literature with an audio feature. The app is pretty bare bones, but what it offers will appeal to those learning English and those who are looking for a few free reads.
English Reading's interface certainly won't win any design awards. It features two menu options: News and Books. The News option offers headlines from "Time," Reuters, NBC News, "USA Today," and "The Washington Post" (though it'… Read more