Posted: 9 August 2012 | Europe
Inspired by the Olympics, Wordpic! is the first app from the Press that’s as much a game as an educational tool.
Released just last Saturday, at the height of the Olympics, the app is available free for iPhone/iPod. You can read more about it below, but why not try it out for yourself and help it succeed? Download the app now at cambridgeapps.org/wordpic
In Wordpic!, users identify sports, sports equipment and countries, matching images to vocabulary in an addictive game. They are presented with a screen full of icons representing specific items in each sports-related category, and must find the ones matching the word presented at the bottom. Players attempt to clear the board before the time runs out.
Besides the focus on sport, the idea of challenge also links the app to the theme of the Games. Players can make their job harder by turning on ‘Mutators’ that work against them – shuffling, rotating and sliding the icons around the screen – and then brag about the scores they nonetheless achieve, with instant Twitter posts and email.
The game was designed by Lori Solbakken, Senior Development Editor at the Press. Lori won an ELT competition that saw game ideas suggested by dozens of creative employees. “I’m an avid gamer and I’d been thinking about ideas for ELT apps for a while,” said Lori. “So I was thrilled to enter one of my ideas in the Olympics app contest. It was fun seeing Ian bring my original idea to life and it turned out much better than I’d envisioned!”
Ian Collier, Digital Operations Manager, handled the crucial job of turning the concept into a game specification, and overseeing the work that made it a reality. “I wanted Wordpic! to be, first and foremost, a great game,” said Ian, “as well as being a way of learning vocabulary. We’ve not done an app like this before, and I’m excited to see how players react to it.”
Wordpic! breaks exciting new ground in ELT apps, bringing fun into the mix. Try it today, and tell your friends!
Digital Marketing Executive, ELT