Name of the Apps: Simon Says and MemoryBlock
Free or Fee: free to $0.99
Rating: Simon Says- 3/5, paid version of Memory Block- 5/5
Sellers: Simon Says- Kids Place, MemoryBlock- Category 5 Games
Why I like them: Most can remember the game Simon. An electronic game with four colors that would light up in a random sequence, each color with a specific sound associated with it. Once the sequence was complete the player would repeat the same sequence by touching the color blocks in the correct order. Simon was great for developing listening skills, memory retention, and concentration. There are two apps that I have found to offer the same learning benefits as that electronic game of the 80’s. Both apps are free, but both also have pros and cons. Simon Says begins with four-color blocks, but as the level of difficulty increases so do the number of color blocks. I like Simon Says because it is ad free, however, there are no options (speed, difficulty, sound, color, more or less buttons). MemoryBlock gives the user more choices. It has options for speed, sound, and choice of 4 or 5 buttons. The down side to this app is that it has ads but, for $0.99 you can purchase the ad-free version. Beware: the ads in the free version are not suitable for all ages. If you want a free, kid-friendly version go with Simon Says, but if you want a kid-friendly option with more to offer purchase the $0.99 version of MemoryBlock.