Metamorphabet is an Interactive Alphabet Book for All Ages

In Metamorphabet, each letter morphs into a series of playful vignettes
In Metamorphabet, each letter morphs into a series of playful vignettes

Alphabet apps are tricky to get right. On one hand you have a simple concept, but on the other you have to do more to stand out. It’s a pretty tough job, especially when you’re in the same market as apps like Alpha Zoo and Alphabuild.

Today, we want to introduce you to a new alphabet app that is unique in that it can also be enjoyed by adults: Metamorphabet. Made by interactive game designer Patrick Smith of Vector Park, it’s a stunning interactive journey through all the letters of the alphabet.

The Morphing Alphabets

Each letter in Metamorphabet starts as a simple glyph against a contrasting background. But prodded by your touch, it will morph into a series of interactive and playful vignettes. For example, the letter A will grow Antlers, transform into an Arch, and Amble consecutively.

In another example, the letter D when tapped will transform into a wooden Door, which you knock upon to reveal a radiant Dawn. As the day emerges so do drifting clouds, which morph into animated Daydreams at the touch of a finger.

Each transformation is beautifully rendered, and backed by atmospheric sound effects. A quiet narration accompanies each letter and word that appear on screen. Once the final transformation is complete, you can continue playing or move on the next letter in the alphabet.

Parents Need to Know

Metamorphabet is ostensibly a children’s app, but it will delight players of all ages. Its stunning imagery will have you guessing what comes up next. It has a diverse vocabulary that includes both abstract and concrete words. For example, the letter J includes “jiggle”, “juggle”, and “jellyfish”.

Navigation is tactile and intuitive. Everywhere you prod will respond fluidly, allowing the youngest of players to quickly understand how the app works. But even if you need to take your time, it’s alright; the app has no time limits.

Metamorphabet has no ads, no in-app purchases, and no social media links. It works flawlessly in Airplane mode. It is available only in English, and as a Universal app on the App Store.

Minimalist artwork and a contrasting color palette contribute to the app's striking visual
Minimalist artwork and a contrasting color palette contribute to the app's striking visual

Things I Like

Rarely does an app excel in both design and interaction, but Metamorphabet is no ordinary app. It is made by the same designer whose game has been cited as the inspiration for the award-winning illusory adventure game Monument Valley.

Interaction is an essential part of the app, and what makes the game so compelling. No matter where you touch, prod, or pull, the app will always respond fluidly. The animations are organic, and objects move with a satisfying sense of weight.

The artwork is also visually striking. The minimalist design, coupled with clever use of deep hues, invoke surreal imagery that inspire wonder. One of my favorites is the letter B, which grows a beard, then a beak, from which a swarm of bugs is released. Tapping anywhere within the swarm will allow you to catch a butterfly. Another fantastic example is the letter K, which morphs into a bubbling red kettle, then a marching knight, and finally into a bright, rotating kaleidoscope.

You can interact with each transformation, such as rearranging the tiles in this quilt to form a Q
You can interact with each transformation, such as rearranging the tiles in this quilt to form a Q

Conclusion

A truly fantastic app for all ages, Metamorphabet delights players with its tactile user interface and beautiful, organic animations. A diverse vocabulary coupled with surreal imagery inspire a sense of wonder and encourage creative thinking. If you are planning to get only one alphabet app for your child, make it this one.

Get it on the App Store: iPhone | iPad

App was provided for our honest review