Children enjoy stories that contain elements of fantasy- meatballs falling from the sky or a talking train engine come to mind. Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World is an amazingly complex, interactive story app that has the added feature of 40 mini-games that teach alphabet recognition and matching. It is specifically designed to appeal to children ages 3-8, although younger children may need an adult to help them navigate through the pages. With its whimsical and imaginative story, combined with its amazing graphic design, Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World earns a Top Pick from Fun Educational Apps.
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There are Read to Me and Read by Myself options to accommodate different age levels. The user interface is designed to encourage free exploration on each page, with walking, jumping, and sliding permitted. Highlighted objects are scattered about, which lead to the mini-games once they are activated. These games include memory games, puzzles, and beat the clock. Magical objects are also included in the story; they have the power to transform the gameplay.
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It’s hard to decide if Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World is a story app with mini-games included in it, or a collection of learning games that use the story to provide a central theme. Either way, there is a lot to like about this app. While it generally meets expectations for its educational content, it completely exceeds expectations for creativity and design.
The graphics here are spectacular-sharp, detailed, and colorful- and they are brought to life by the animations, which are truly delightful. My only comment regarding the controls is that it might be helpful if the navigation and assistance buttons (located in the upper right hand corner during gameplay) were a little larger. Their current size makes it more likely to press the wrong button.
Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World has a distinctly British feel to it. With expressions like “Danish dandelions,” “clanging clothcats,” and “blithering bazookas,” children become immersed in a one-of-a-kind world where they are only limited by their imaginations. They will certainly appreciate the wacky antics of Alph and Betty, who do some very unexpected things.
Overall, Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World provides great entertainment value for your children, which is why Fun Educational Apps awarded it our latest Top Pick.
Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World is availabe for download - iPad
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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