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The Awesome Game Studio (TAGS for short) took the Pac-Man concept, added words, and shrunk it down for kids. I let my youngest son try out Alphaman and he enjoyed it. At least for a time. He found it to be a bit difficult for his age. I will get into the issues I found with Alphaman.

Visually Alphaman looks nice. The characters have neat little animations. The graphics are on the small side. You can run into the enemies on the little tiny mazes. Your character will flash transparently for a few seconds. Players have three hearts before they lose a level. There are some scary worlds like the Halloween one.

The AI in Alphaman gave me fits. The enemies are very good at getting in your way. They are even better at trapping the player. What is worse is sometimes the wrong letter is in your way. Hitting the wrong letter will pause you there for a few seconds. Which can result in an enemy getting a cheap hit.

The music in Alphaman is nice to hear. I enjoy hearing the music while trying to avoid the different monsters in the different worlds. The maze level design gave me the most fits. I wish there were more places to go from one side of the screen to the other.

The best part about Alphaman is kids can learn to spell words. They learn to move from the first letter in the word all the way to the last one. If they are paying attention they can learn new words. Which means Alphaman mixes entertainment with education.

The bottom line is Alphaman is a solid little app that kids can learn words and letters from. There are enough worlds to keep most families busy for a few weeks. The difficulty is a bit tougher than I would expect. If you are willing to lose a few hearts most levels can be beaten on the first try.
- Yolanda


Graphics: 76%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 71%
Family Friendly Factor: 84%

System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: The Awesome Game Studio
Rating: ‘4+' - 4+
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