The Opposites is a great iPad app for helping kids improve their vocabulary
The Opposites will help your child learn about and memorize a vast amount of vocabulary along with corresponding antonyms. It consists of ten different levels, each stage with a corresponding level of vocabulary. As the game progresses, the user deals with a variety of terms from economics and biology, Greek prefixes, etc. The dictionary option provides the user with definitions and antonyms in a convenient format, especially for kids. The user’s vocabulary will be significantly improved by the time they clear the final stage.
When you enter the app, you are greeted by two options: play and dictionary. If you press the play button, a list of stages will appear after a brief loading time. The only stage that is available when you commence is Level 1, but other ones will be unlocked as you proceed through the levels.
Clicking on a level will begin the game; you will be welcomed by a boy and a girl who seem to be frustrated with each other. They will take turns in calling out words, at a pace of about one word every two seconds. Clicking on one of the words will highlight it in green, and pressing on the antonym of that word will eliminate the pair from the screen. After eliminating 12 pairs, you will have completed the level. Once a level has been completed, you can resume the game at any time from the next level. Playing a stage is not enough for you to completely master it, however. By going back to a stage that has already been cleared and matching the remaining pairs of antonyms, you can achieve gold and silver medals, meaning that you have truly mastered that level.
During the game, a word highlighted in yellow will randomly appear. By matching this word with its pair, a piece of fruit will appear which you can click on to feed it to the twins. The count on top of the screen will fall every time the user correctly matches a pair, and once the count falls to zero, the stage is cleared. When one stage ends, a bonus stage will pop up in which you must find as many pairs as possible in a given amount of time. The new pairs matched through the bonus stage are great chances to achieve a higher medal on that level.
Clever dictionary formatting makes learning easier
Upon encountering a new word, you can go back to the main menu and go to the dictionary section to look up the word. In the dictionary section, you can choose the level in which the word appears, followed by all the vocabulary that features in that stage. The vocabulary is divided into two columns, each word paired up with its antonym partner. The words that were already matched at least once in the game will appear green in the dictionary; incomplete ones will appear in red font. Finally, clicking on one of the words in the dictionary will provide synonyms.
The great thing about this app is that the user is provided with multiple ways of learning. The two characters will clearly pronounce the words as they appear on the screen. While skimming through the bubbles of words, the user will try to recall the definition in order to find its antonym, making it easier to memorize words. In fact, some of the words in later stages can be as complex as those in SSAT or SAT exams. Therefore, their level of vocabulary will be enriched significantly at an amazing rate.
|Good Point||Straightforward interface and rich supply of vocabulary|
|Bad Point||The gameplay might be a little too fast|
|Comment & Tip||Try to get your children to learn synonyms through the “dictionary” menu|
|App Name||The Opposites||Developer||Mindshapes|
|Price||$0.99||Latest Update||Nov 22, 2011|
|Size||58.6 MB||OS||iOS 3.0 or later|
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