Any geek parent knows that iPhones are great for keeping kids occupied for a few minutes, but some of us feel a wee bit guilty about giving young kids a bunch of screen time. So we look for apps with some redeeming value, telling ourselves things like “Well, at least she’s learning her ABCs, right?” But the truth is, many so-called educational games aren’t really teaching our kids anything except expertise with the interface. And, of course, many of the games that will actually teach something aren’t much fun to play and your kids won’t choose them voluntarily.
I’ve recently come across two app developers—each with an alphabet game and a number game—which are outstanding and unlike the rest of the crowd. They look different, they feel different, and some of them are even fun for adults.
Disclosure: I requested and received review codes for all four apps reviewed here.