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Brain Blaze Word Roots Flashcards for GRE & SAT Prep

How is it that a flashcard app that focuses on learning the 156 most common Latin and Greek word roots and is normally priced at $3.99 becomes the #3 word game in the App Store and the #120 game?

The answer is …

because it’s FREE!

What a difference a price makes!  From relative obscurity to over 1000 downloads in one day.  App runs today are at 1000 already and it’s only 11 AM (must be those Brits who seem to have a passion for learning how the US has messed up their English).

I wonder if anyone will take the time to post a review.  You can visit the App Store to see.

Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary

Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary v1.0.0 is now available in the App Store!

See our previous blog post for more details!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New iPhone App Prepares Students for Upcoming SAT and GRE Exams

Austin, Texas – September 22, 2010 – IMAK Creations today announces Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary for iPhone and iPod touch users.  Fall 2010 marks the beginning of the college and graduate school admissions season with the next SAT and GRE tests scheduled for October 9 and 23 respectively.

With its game show-style theme, the new WITS Vocabulary app moves beyond flash cards and provides a fun way to review vocabulary words.  Integration with Apple’s new Game Center motivates users to keep studying to earn achievements and compare leaderboard scores with other players.  WITS Vocabulary has two modes of game play.  Game Show mode presents ten questions and challenges players to win $1 million.  Speed Champ mode allows players two minutes to win as much money as they can by correctly answering questions.

Feature Highlights:

  • 8 categories of questions: nouns, verbs, adjectives, definitions, antonyms/synonyms, spelling, word usage, and word roots
  • 3 difficulty levels of questions: easy, medium, hard
  • Over 1,000 words to learn
  • Over 2,500 questions
  • 2 game modes – Game Show and Speed Champ
  • Integration with Apple’s Game Center

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPod touch
  • Requires iOS 4.1 or later
  • No Wi-Fi network required, except for Game Center functionality
  • 18 MB

Pricing and Availability:

Who’s The Smartest? Vocabulary is currently in review by Apple and will be released at an introductory price of $2.99 (USD), 40% off the regular price of $4.99.  It will be available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Word Games and Educational Games categories.  App Store promo codes are available upon request for press or professional reviewers (U.S. App Store only).

About IMAK Creations:

IMAK Creations is a family business based in Austin, Texas.  Since 2008, IMAK Creations has been developing educational applications exclusively for Apple iOS devices  IMAK produces educational and art-related apps. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Mason Weems
Sales, Marketing, and Programming
Austin, Texas USA
support @ IMAKcreations.com

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Who Is The Smartest? Vocab

Two different games!

Easy level word usage question

Don't forget your lifelines!

Blazing Whiz Achievement

Game Center Achievements

Apple’s Game Center is a social gaming network that is going to grow to dominate mobile social gaming over the next year.  While not completely ready for prime time when it was launched with iOS 4.1, it has enough functionality to make it worthwhile for both users and app developers.  Over 11,000 people have already posted their scores on the leaderboards of Fieldrunners, one of the most popular applications with Game Center support.  I thought this was high until I noticed over 18000 high scores for Word Scramble Challenge, over 34000 high scores for World Series of Poker, and a whopping 148408 high scores for Flight Control (I’m currently ranked #128662 – I guess I need to practice).

When Game Center launched on Sept. 8, the twitter feeds were full of Game Center friend requests.  Over the next few days, many people managed to gather a large number of friends.  However, to my knowledge, the highest number of friends  you can have is 501.

iDarkman with 501 Game Center friends

iDarkman's 501 Friend Limit

After reaching 500 friends, future friend requests that are accepted by your potential friends are ignored.  Getting to 501 friends may require someone to request your friendship.  I have seen no evidence of anyone having more than 501 friends.  If you or anyone you know has more than 501 Game Center friends, please post a comment to correct me.

So, the bottom line is, don’t be too promiscuous in sending and accepting friend requests.  While Apple may increase the 500 limit in the future, it is unlikely they are going to make it much higher – perhaps 999 one day.  There are other reasons to keep a short friend list.  When you invite multiplayer, your entire friend list is shown and there is no search feature.  So, unless you enjoy scrolling, don’t max out your friend list.

The median number of friends that people have is easily less than 10 and probably less than a handful.  The best way to find friends is to find a game with multiplayer support, such as Words Worth, and then invite friends from the leaderboard to be friends and play a multiplayer game.  This is how Apple intended the friend network to work – more like Facebook and less like twitter.