Master the alphabet in this super addictive letter finding game.
Whereas most video games force us to scream the F word, No Monkeys' Alphabetic makes us curse the letter F. We sit in our chairs, hunched over and raise a threatening fist as letters scroll, bounce and fly across our iPhones. Online leaderboards and music would have made this a much sweeter deal, but for a $1.99, this alphabet game just became our latest addiction.
For the most part, Alphabetic is all about finding letters. Its developers challenge you to locate all 26 of them, starting from A. To do this, locate the letter on screen and tap it as fast as possible. Quickness is key because you'll need to finish before time runs out; pressing letters faster than normal adds precious seconds to the clock.
Things begin simply enough, with the letter A smack dab in the middle of the screen. By the time you reach D, however, letters zigzag, move in circular/square patterns and quickly sail out of view. Failing to beat a Quick Game (your first challenge), even by a single letter, is a frustrating and humbling experience. At the same time, we instantly jumped back into the game. There's something demoralizing about being unable to complete something as simple as the alphabet.
Mastering the Quick Game unlocks nine unique challenges that add depth to the formula. Hard ups the difficulty, while Reverse forces you to start with the letter Z and work backwards. Endless continuously restarts until you lose, and Numeric swaps letters for numbers, challenging you to begin at number one. Perform well, and you'll nab trophies for doing such things as successfully finishing a quick game with a second left, scoring 15,000 points in a Quick Game or beating a game with 100 percent accuracy.
Similar to other iPhone apps, Alphabetic is a cool game that would've been phenomenal had the developers included an online leaderboard. You can mail scores to friends, but we'd much rather post our high scores and compare them to the rest of the world.
In addition, music would enhance the overall experience. We certainly don't need it in order to play, and there's always the possibility of No Monkeys choosing an awful soundtrack, but the right stuff would improve the presentation.
Even without these things, Alphabetic is one of the iPhone's most addictive video games and well worth the asking price. It's like alphabet soup, but nowhere near as messy. Just make sure you take a deep breath while searching for letters.
What's Hot: Great way to remember your ABCs, costs $1.99, lots of trophies to unlock, nine bonus challenges.
What's Not: No online leaderboards and music.