Are you waiting anxiously to get your hands on some creative new apps with gospel-centered themes? Are you looking for something worthy to occupy your children and teens? While the 2015 App & Game Contest is gearing up, take a moment to check out the many creative apps from the 2014 contest. You will find all the 2014 contest entries in the LDSTech Wiki. Use the descriptions to guide your selections and follow active links to the respective app stores and sponsor websites. Here are a few winning entries that invite exploration:
Quiet Games for LDS Kids (Primary, First place – Android)
Five quiet, fun, and ad-free games for children from Clint at C & R Mobile are bundled into one mobile app for a nominal fee. The “Memory” game matches each picture with its matching counterpart. “Word Search” is a fun way to find Church terms that will keep children engaged while developing visual perceptual skills. “Bingo” follows a conference-related theme with randomized selections. “Prophet Matching” connects pictures with corresponding names in a challenging and fun way. “Hangman” is a guessing game that uses LDS words built letter by letter as a classic stick figure is drawn. For a mobile app that has variety and interest, you will find this entertaining for preschoolers up through elementary age children.
Scripture Fling by Turtlesox (Youth Division, Second Place - iOS)
This game offers a fun and challenging way to quickly connect scripture verses with their references. All 100 LDS “Scripture Mastery” verses from the Seminary program for youth are included. A practice mode is available for beginners, or you may pick the easy level and work up to level four where you unlock the “Impossible.” Friends and siblings can compete, compare scores, and send to social media. A timer adds incentive to get better and better. The app is free.
“Scripture Mind” is a link on the landing page that takes you to the download for a companion app by the same developer geared toward scripture memorization.
ScriptureCharts.com (Family, First Place)
This free website organizes your personal or family reading into a check-off grid. The “Start Reading Now” button on the landing page will help you create a profile and get started with your first chart.
Select the generic “Daily Reading” chart, or choose a volume of scripture, a popular LDS lesson manual, memorization content, or two popular doctrinal books from a drop down menu to set up a chart, or create multiple charts for your family. This app also lets you sign up for weekly reminders sent to your email and has convenient links for Facebook, printing, and other sponsored sites. The developer, Cassie Woolley from Australia, welcomes feedback from “Contact Us” on the menu bar.
Scripture Mastery Superstar! (People’s Choice)
This game won top honors in the youth division and was one of the People’s Choice awards for the 2014 contest. Learn more about this engaging app by Nick Pasto and Jonathon Chan on the LDSTech blog from December 1, 2014.
More creative apps are coming in 2015. While you wait, check out something worthy from the 2014 contest.