Metamorphabet

Full of strange char­ac­ters

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS GAMES -

£2.99 De­vel­oper Vec­tor­park, metamorphabet.com Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.01

This learn­ing app for kids starts out with the let­ter A. Tap it and it goes all 3D while a voice says ‘A’. Tap it again and it sprouts antlers, which can be bounced with a drag. An­other tap and ‘A’ be­comes an arch that be­gins to am­ble.

This sort of thing hap­pens all the way to Z, the app rev­el­ling in bizarre forms and an­i­ma­tions that fre­quently look like a mod­ern take on things that have erupted from Terry Gil­liam’s brain.

Oc­ca­sion­ally it wob­bles. The app’s a touch stiff, very def­i­nitely Amer­i­can (here, ‘vase’ rhymes with ‘maze’ and not ‘cars’, and the al­pha­bet ends on ‘zee’), and fum­bles de­pict­ing the odd con­cept, such as ‘yes­ter­day’.

How­ever, you can’t help but grin when the afore­men­tioned vase turns into a vac­uum you can use to suck up a tiny vil­lage! Craig Gran­nell

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