CONCEPT: A match the pairs game where you can design your own multimedia sets to play with.
DELIVERY: There are literally dozens of match the pairs games available in the App Store. My two young daughters live them and play a variety. I honestly thought the genre was pretty much done until I tried Memoria.
What makes this so great is the ability to create your own sets of cards to play with. Images can be inserted from the camera roll and you can even record a brief audio tag that will be played when a pair is matched.
With that one simple idea, this app becomes something far broader than all of its counterparts. True you could raid the internet and build your own Disney set but what about if a student was trying to learn the names of the presidents? Or the parts of a plant or the countries in Europe - the possibilities are endless and you quickly realise what a usefu, constructivist tool Memoria could be for the gamification of learning.
Three different board sizes can be selected: 2x4, 6x4 and the biggest is 8x5, meaning that even larger sets can be included, creating differentiation opportunities. You can also select which sets to use in a game allowing you to blend sets together.So for example you could have world leaders, flags and countries all as a part of one game.
LIMITATIONS: It would have been great to have more control over the board sizes. Some sort of record system to track progress or turns taken would also have been a great addition.
CONCLUSION: PopAppFactory have taken an established concept and added a simple touch that elevates this app to something special. 4/5
Developing memory and logic
Revising pretty much any subject from historical figures to scientific processes to punctuation
As a constructivist learning tool.
Children could create a set to learn the names of their classmates at the start of the year.