The App is rated 4+, but because of its engaging game format, can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The structure of the game allows both native and non-Arabic speaking players to enjoy and understand the game. The game’s main focus is on learning and recognizing the Arabic Alphabet and some basic vocabulary, which has been divided into six main themes.
What distinguishes this App from others is its focus on Game-based Learning. The fun, interactive, increasingly fast-paced format of the game makes it enjoyable and educative at the same time. Children learn without realizing it because they are having fun.
The app has rich, colorful graphics, and increases gradually in difficulty to accommodate all player levels. The Arabic letters are pronounced phonetically each time the player passes over the letter, and the objects are said clearly each time the player taps on them.
The App is based on the board game Abjad!, also designed by Abjad Hawaz.
Abjad Hawaz focuses on Edutainment – teaching through play. Founded by two Arab American mothers (Mouna Abdelhamid and Reem Atassi) who themselves struggled with finding innovative ways of teaching their children Arabic, the company’s mission is to develop engaging, interactive games that promote the Arabic language, culture and history.
‘Abjad City’ is currently available only for the iOS platform and can be downloaded from the Apple Store. Plans are underway for future versions of the game on the Android and Windows platforms, as well as Smart TVs and Smart Board devices.
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