StartsWith app is the latest universal app compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad created by New Horizon Media. It is a word-building game that keeps your interest along the way! Its updated version, StartsWith 1.4, was released on August the 26th 2013.
This application runs on iOS 5.0 or later, being optimized for iPhone 5. StartsWith app actually starts with the story of how the library of Alexandria has burnt. Consequently, thousands of books, manuscripts and scrolls have been lost. It is known that the Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most complex libraries of the ancient world. It was located (obviously) in Alexandria, Egypt.
So, what is your role in the game? Well, if you are ready to feel a bit like Indiana Jones, only a little nerdier and less adventurous, you should go on Apple’s website and download the app, because it is definitely something you would enjoy! You will help save the words in the dictionary of English language, one of the books that suffered damage during the fire. Thus, your task is to complete the dictionary by guessing the words missing. You are provided with the meaning of the word, its dictionary definition and for the second clue, as you may have expected from the name of the game, you are offered the first letter of the word that needs to be guessed.
To be honest, the StartsWith app gave us a bit of a headache. So children, do not try this at home, or anywhere you can bring this game with you, or… try it, but at your own risk! Leaving the jokes aside, this game is really not for children who have just started to learn the English language. It is (or can be) quite difficult even for adults who possess average English language skills, even when played at the Easy level. This fact may limit the public, though the actual targeted public will definitely enjoy all the little traps and intricacies that may arise while playing it.
Although if it gets a little hard even for those who do possess the required language skills, you can use hints for every clue. These will offer you the next letter of the word you are trying to guess. However, do not get too comfortable with these hints because your score will be reduced at the end, when the word is guessed. Sounds are played will typing to help you know if you are on the right track or not. The more points you gain, the more levels you will be able to play. First level of the StartsWith app is Zameen (Earth) and the hardest level that you will play to is Aacharya (Teacher or Master). Apart from the name of the levels and the background music, which we find quite confusing and uncanny for a game that is in English and about the English dictionary, thus overall centered around the English language and because of the setting of the game, too (Alexandria, Egypt). However, its developers have Indian connections, so that must be the answer to our surprise.
To conclude with, the game is very fun and ideal for people who want to improve their vocabulary. StartsWith app is available for free in a Lite variant, or for the price of $0.99 in a full version. Our recommendation is to but the full game as it features 30,000 words and four levels while the free version has fewer words and it begins to repeat them very quickly. If you’re interested in finding similar apps, check out http://www.journalofnetworks.org, and you will get all the reviews you need to stay in touch with mobile innovations that make our lives easier and a lot funner.