John has loved learning both the new letters and the new words, as well as the mechanics of using an iPad. In fact, it's become a slight obsession that we're needing to curb. There's been a couple nights where John has come home and immediately ran over to the charging station and start saying "iPad, iPad, iPad." That was a sign to start reeling in the use (now the iPad is hidden in the study), but in the remaining limited time with the device, I think Endless Alphabet is one of the first iOS apps that John really enjoys. Use of this app goes all the way back to our Paris trip when he was just a year and half. At that point, John was just becoming aware that he could use his fingers to manipulate stuff on the screen. Now, having just turned two, he blows through the levels and really gets immersed in the game.
Upon launching Endless Alphabet, John is prompted to pick a starting word. There's a huge list that is alphabetically sorted. Upon completing a level, he'll be prompted to go forward or backward a word in the alphabet to the next "level."
The main gameplay of Endless Alphabet involves sliding letters into their designated "slot" to complete the word. It's just like wooden puzzle that your child might also have.
Upon getting all the letters into their place, the level is won! At that point, a short little fun animation is shown that helps John understand the meaning of the word. It's funny though, because often he just mashes the right arrow to get to the next word.
There's a Settings icon available from the main menu of the app. There really isn't much in Settings except a couple of options to share/like the game, and a label indicating the specific version of the game (we're currently playing version 2.1.0). I thought it was clever how they protect Settings for adults-only by requiring you to read the spelled out numbers and then type them into the pad.
John really loves Endless Alphabet. I think that the other games from Originator Inc. will also be immensely popular. When we get around to trying them out, we'll report back here. There's plenty of app bundles available to help reduce the price further.