Match and Learn The Greek GodsSpring 2017 Mobile Apps
From the rulers Zeus and Hera (king and queen of the Greek gods, respectively) user/players are introduced to twelve Greek gods through four activities. Match and Learn play begins with a series of "Three Slides," a vertical triptych image made up of three sliding segments. Each segment is swiped individually until all three match to reveal one single character/god. This is made easier by the fact that the background of the slices of each god's image are the same color. When three correct images line up, the god's name is spoken and written and a short poem is read identifying the god and her/his role in the Greek pantheon. The second component, 6 Tiles, is also a matching game, but here a grid of six images must be manipulated and matched. And the next level of challenge is a timed version of 6 Tiles. Again, the god is identified and the same poem read. The appealing illustrations are very stylized with a flat, simple color palette. Simple animations highlight an aspect of the god's personality, e.g. Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, brushes her hair; Apollo, identified here as the god of music, plays the lyre and likes to sing.)
Unless the app developers consider the game play a ballet of sorts, we're not sure why the app is accompanied by Amilcare Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" (reference Disney's 1940 film Fantasia, in which animated crocodiles and tutu-wearing hippopotamuses danced to its music.) All in all, it's a pleasant and appealing introduction to a dozen mythological deities.