I love researching educational games. Most of them, to be perfectly honest, are monumentally terrible. Today, I am happy to say that I found a good one. My little brother has trouble with typing, so I went on a search for a good one for him to use. I found Letter Bubbles in the Chrome app store. The basic concept is that is a typing tutor with three different difficulty modes. The first, pictured below, is Beginner Mode. In this mode of play, you get an on-screen keyboard to help you play. You get a limited number of mistakes and need to keep up with the progress of the bubbles as they cross the screen. The on-screen keyboard shows you which letters are close to going over the edge, too. There are a few nice bonuses available too. The red bubbles are bombs, hitting them causes the bubbles around them to exploded, which is really nice for combos. There’s also a meter that slowly builds up from your combos to give you the ability to slow all the bubbles by hitting the enter key. There’s a line that moves across the screen periodically, which represents the space bar, and will pop any bubbles past it if you press it. If you make a username, your progress will be tracked and you can see your standings as compared to other players around the world. I particularly like this feature, since most people are competitive and score boards will encourage kids to play more so they can get better. You can also choose to play without logging in. The only difference is that your progress won’t be tracked and your scores won’t be submitted.
If you like the idea of mastering typing or you have a child you think should learn to type, try this game out. The graphics are nice and friendly, and quite elegant. The sounds aren’t annoying. And best of all, unlike a lot of so called typing tutors, this one actually helps the player to learn. I really enjoyed playing this game and found it to be extremely child friendly, just what I was looking for. As a result, I gladly award Letter Bubbles with a 4.5 out of 5 hearts.
If you’re interested in playing Letter Bubbles, you can find it letterbubbles.com or in the Chrome app store.