Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lola’s Alphabet Train

imageLola's Alphabet Train

Created by BeiZ Ltd.  

LOLA IS BACK! Learning the alphabet has never been more fun than in Lola’s Alphabet Train – the most exciting new educational kids’ game of 2010!

Designed for 3-8 year olds, The Alphabet Train is actually four exciting games in one. Your kids start with a “drag and drop” letter game and qualify for the more challenging “form a word” game: as their skills improve, the game gets more challenging, so they’ll keep coming back to master the next stage and learn that reading is great.

The main features are:

  • Four exciting alphabet games with Lola the Panda
  • Alphabets available in four different languages, upper and lower case letters
  • High-quality graphics and fun animations
  • Easy-to-use children-friendly game design
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish, German

My Thoughts

image  I sat down with Dominic, age 6, and Jérémy, age 4, one afternoon to discover what Lola’s Alphabet Train was.    And I must say that I am pleased with what we discovered.  

When entering the program, you have three levels to choose from; easy, medium or hard.   So with Jérémy, we selected the easy level which provided interesting games like identify the letters and composing the name of the object given.   Jérémy had a blast testing this app and looks forward to play more with it.   It is a great app for his age (4-5 years old) because it permits to recognize the letters and associate a word to an image.


When Dominic try the app, we selected the next level and even if the games were similar than the ones on the easy level, they were slightly different.   For example, in the place the letters game, the help was somewhat disable and the child had two letters placed in the word.   The objective is to form the word for the illustration given.   Dominic also had fun playing with this app and with him starting his grade 1 this year, he will develop his spelling ability with it. 


I was wondering how to obtain the different languages since I received this app and I finally figured it out.   Duh!   At the bottom of the screen, you have a little flag with the language written next to it.   Well, if you click on it you will go from one language to another.    Simple isn’t it?  

When I figured this out, I decided to proceed in testing the French section of the game.   It is well done – just as the English section.   However, the only little thing that bugged me was that for the word “BOEUF” the image was a buffalo (which is buffle in French).    Personally, I would prefer to have the proper word for the image (or the proper image for the word depending on how you see it) to avoid confusion in the knowledge of the child.  

Also while testing, I find that the letters asked to be found as well as the associations to be done between images and letters were very repetitive meaning that the same image/word will come out often throughout the game.   I would like to see more words and images to expand the vocabulary of the app and permit the kids to get a variety of options during the game.    If the app stays the same, I suspect that my kids will loose their interest in it as they would see the same things being asked over and over again.

In conclusion, this app is fun to play for younger kids who are just learning their alphabet and their spelling.    However, I would not recommend it to purchase this app for a child of 8 years old unless this child has some learning disabilities.    My oldest son, who was 8 last year, wouldn’t have enjoy this app as it would have been too basic for him.   

This app is available on iTunes for the price of 1.99$ for the iPhone and 2.99$ for the iPad.

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