The Opposites (Version: 1.0.1)
Reviewed by Matthew Chan on Dec 30th 2012
Quick Rating: 7 out of 10
What is it?
► This is an education app helps children learn new vocabularies by playing a game of matching opposites. My five years old likes the game, but my nine years old found it not fun and rather played some action games instead.
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An exciting word game which challenges children (ages 7+) to match up pairs of opposing words in increasingly difficult levels. ‘Opposites’ starts with easy word pairs, like ‘up-down’, but as players level up they are challenged with more complex and abstract pairings, until they are dealing with rare descriptive and technical words, from biology, economics, politics, medicine, poetry and classical Greek prefixes!
The game also helps children understand the importance of word-context and is a great opportunity for them to think about how the words that they use oppose other words. This deeply ‘encodes’ new words as vocabulary, which will support them in their reading, writing and oral literacy skills.
‘Opposites’ includes a customized dictionary of word meanings and synonyms in a child-friendly format far easier to use than traditional paper dictionaries. This dictionary was designed and written especially for the game. Players can either learn the words before they play a new level, or, if they favor trial-and-error-based learning, they can jump right into the game and see how they do.
Each word is voiced by a male or female character to promote oral use of each word and to build confidence.
Can you make it to Level 10? Do you know what ‘efficacious’ means? Just what exactly is the opposite of ‘bear’?
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