When one thinks of an alphabet app, one would think it’s for children alone. But, did you know that there are alphabet apps that grown-ups can also enjoy?
From the makers of The Journey of Alvin app comes ABCine, a new app that incorporates famous movies in its depiction of the alphabet.
P for Pop Culture
In ABCine, learning happens in two stages. First, you’ll learn to trace the letter by following the directions on screen. A narrator will name the letter, and afterward you will learn to associate the letter with a word. For example, F is for Flower.
What makes the app unique is it adapts famous movie scenes into vibrant animations to accompany each letter-word pair. In the F for Flower example, you’ll see a little girl handing Frankenstein a dainty flower. In R for Rain, you’ll see an animated Gene Kelly dancing in the rain. In W for Way, tap-dancing Dorothy is joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion on the yellow brick road.
You can also tap on each illustration to bring it to life. Tap once on Frankenstein to get him smell the flower (and sneeze). Tap a second time, and a bee will buzz around him.
Once you have cycled through all the possible animations for a letter, you can move on to another letter by tapping on the left/right arrows. You can also bring up the letter selection screen by tapping on the grid icon on the top of the screen.
Parents Need to Know
If you’re worried that ABCine might not be appropriate for your kids, don’t worry. While you wouldn’t want your kids to watch the actual movies referenced in the app (at least, not yet), the app itself is quite safe. The letter/word pairs are fairly generic (A for Air, E for Elephant, M for Motorcycle), except maybe B for Bomb, which may not sit well with some families. The illustrations do not contain violence or sexy stuff.
ABCine is free to download from the App Store. The initial download includes letters A-H. To unlock the rest, you have to make a one-time in-app purchase (protected with a math problem). The app has no third-party ads and no external links.
Things I Like
There might be thousands of alphabet apps on the App Store already, but ABCine is the first one I know to use a movie theme. It’s clever because it will appeal to both kids and parents; the kids will enjoy the funny animations whereas the parents will have some fun trying to recognize which movie a certain scene is from.
It’s also a nice alphabet app, with some room for writing practice and a diverse vocabulary. I do think that B for Bomb and Z for Zorro could be substituted for something more peaceful and/or generic, but on a whole the app is quite appropriate for kids.
Visually, there’s nothing to complain about. Meikme’s illustrations are charming as usual, and the animations delightful. The app is also easy to use with limited instructions.
ABCine is a movie-themed alphabet flash card app that will charm both kids and grown-ups. It remains age appropriate while retaining enough details for movie-buff parents to catch on. It’s also easy to use for kids ages 3 and up.
App was provided for our honest review.
Meikme invents applications for children based on stories that have influenced and excited them as adults. Their apps entertain and stimulate the imagination of the younger ones and in turn help parents share moments and experiences with them.
You should also check out their other app we’ve reviewed previously:
The Journey of Alvin is a beautiful adaptation of the 1999 classic film that kids ages 4+ can enjoy with their parents. Alvin Straight is a great character who will inspire kids to respect their elders. With proper guidance and encouragement, parents can use this story to help their kids appreciate life moments.