Check your spellling

In one short session, typically under a minute, you quickly decide which of the 20 words in the round are spelled correctly or incorrectly. It holds some appeal, we'll give it that, but is a tad one-dimensional.

Despite its name, letter-grade scoring, and nostalgic background of college-ruled paper, Dictionary.com insists Miss Spell's Class is aimed at their core demographic of high school and university students, and business professionals. The application is straightforward and holds some appeal, we'll give it that. In one short session, typically under a minute, you quickly decide which of the 20 words in the round are spelled correctly or incorrectly. Points are knocked off for inaccuracy, with 10 seconds for each error added to your total time. If it takes you forty seconds to go through the list, but you get two wrong, your 'score' spikes up to 60 seconds, a 'B'. So save the pokiness for reviewing your score and kicking yourself for sloppy errors.

At least you're not alone--the misspellings are siphoned straight from the top 5,000 botched words entered into Dictionary.com. Still, there are a few light raps of the ruler we'd make. In a test game, 'consiencious' was paired with 'consensus,' rather than with 'conscientious.' Apart from that, we're not quite convinced the game will make us more intelligent, until Dictionary.com slips in definitions, and perhaps the pronunciation guide from the free application.

It's also rather one-dimensional. Although this game is just the beginning, we'd like to see different skill levels and playing modes, like one where you actively spell a word, not just passively review it. There should be different skins to pull in the grade-school younsgters, old fogeys, and tweens who are too cool for school; and also competitions over Wi-Fi. Some of this is in the plan for future iterations of the game. We'll be waiting attentively, and minding our p's and q's in the mean time.

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