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Feature Review

Word Runners
Price: $free with $5/month IAP
Runs on: iPad, iPhone
Ages: 7-15
For grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Teaches: reading, comprehension, logic
Here's something rare. A well designed reading comprehension game for older children, in which the words and sentences come to life. Based on the "runner" play pattern, you use arrow keys to move an avatar along a string of text. In order to make it to the end of the paragraph, you must silently read for meaning, and stop at words that represent items you'll need to make it to the next paragraph. You might grab an ax needed to chop down a tree that is blocking the path. At one point you run into a pile of rocks, but can't get over until you hover over the word "persistent."

This game gives you an nice dose of content for free. To unlock the rest you'll need to join the TouchPress Games service ($5/month or $50/year) that includes this and many other games. Content includes five worlds of puzzles. Features both male (Felipe) and female (Annie) lead characters.

Touch Press Games All Access Pass is a subscription service that gives access to a library of Touch Press Games. Payment is charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase, and the subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period The Account will be charged $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Note that the cancellation will not go into effect until the end of the monthly billing cycle


CTR Mar 17 Feature Review Entered 02/13/2017 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/01/2017 by BL