Upon hearing the word “grammar,” we imagine fun isn’t the next boxcar in your word association train. To be fair, it isn’t ours, either.
Straylings offers an attractive, creative way to teach grammar to the young and the young at heart.
It features engaging gameplay with some pulse-raising action, as well as solid grammatical constructs. For learners at any level, it’s an ideal companion for the Android platform.
For our full review, you need only slide down below the break! Starting with:
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind Straylings looks like this: Players choose a protagonist at the onset, and then perform rapid-fire fill-in-the-blanks to best their opponent.
Each successful answer deals hit point damage to the opposition—the faster these tasks are accomplished, the more damage is dealt. It’s a fast-paced gameplay style, and one that keeps the player on their toes.
This is important, because the matter at hand is a lot dryer: Yes, we’re talking about grammar lessons. The application covers three distinct areas of English grammar.
That’s determiners, agreements, and question forming. Each of these has been hashed out over a series of levels, each with its own jousting match.
All in all, Straylings is an absolutely fabulous combination of elements, and one that has the potential to really drill home some of the more complex ideas in the English language.
As we mentioned before, the gameplay doesn’t have to be solely for children, either. Those looking to pass English languages tests at any level can benefit from what Straylings has to offer.
Design and Graphics
The real kicker here, though, is how good the app looks. We talk a lot about how applications for children must be extremely well animated. This is important because without quality graphics, no child is going to be interested in the message beneath.
Thankfully, Straylings delivers on all counts. Its characters are lively, and very reminiscent of old titles like the early Pokémon series.
Likewise, the menus are simple enough to be navigated by a learner of any age. They’re also jam-packed with quality education, which is of course the primary objective here.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to find a lot of fault with what Straylings is offering. We’d like to see more characters and animations, as well as additional grammar packs. Optionally, we’d love to see the concept expanded to fit mathematics, or a second language.
Still, for now there’s plenty to be feasted upon with Straylings.
And for that, we’re more than happy to give the title our firm recommendation, as well as our appreciation.
Straylings requires Android 2.3 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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