For the most part, apps reviewed here on CrackBerry are selected by the reviewer but every so often we'll get requests - one of which is Alpha Memory. A game developed with young children in mind, to help with learning the alphabet. What's more, it's an open source native game made for the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10.
As the name suggests, Alpha Memory is a memory-based game where you select tiles from the grid and you have to match the letters. There are 9 levels to choose from and the higher up you go the more tiles there are to choose from. You can also play solo or or choose two players, useful for a parent and child, to help get things going.
There's nothing more to the game and it has a simple UI, look and feel, since it is aimed at the young. There are no fancy colors or effects, so that there are no distractions. There isn't even much text, mostly icon based - though it does have simple animations and sounds when picking tiles and when correctly matching letters. It's a cute little learning game looking to teach youngsters the alphabet and enhance memory skills.
In addition to the developer wanting to create something educational, he also wanted learn the GamePlay framework. BlackBerry's cross platform 3D game engine that is free and open source. So, the developer has gone ahead and made Alpha Memory open source too. You can check out the code over on GitHub.
While Alpha Memory is available for BlackBerry 10, I see it playing better on the PlayBook due to its screen real estate but the more the merrier I say, and the Z10 is a nice size for playing too. You can check out the video above for quick game play.
I think it's a very useful game, even if you're child knows the alphabet, it can be a great memory game too. Alpha Memory is free too, so there's no excuse no to try it out.