New Word Tower app Combines Sight and Sound to Teach Spelling

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Pre-K to 2nd grade children build word towers with 100 words, including sight words

Forget the flash cards. Now children can quickly learn to build words through a powerful combination of sight, sound and fun with Word Tower, a new game for the iPhone and iPad from 52apps ( Set on the freight dock of a harbor, the game displays crates labeled with letters and a crane whose encouraging operator cheers players on. By seeing sections of words – and hearing them pronounced – children learn how to correctly match the sections to build complete words.

Early learners will benefit from the inclusion of sight words (such as “they” and “were”). Sight words are common words that require recognition by sight, cannot be learned through pictures and often cannot be sounded out.


  •     Teaches pre-kindergarten to grade 2 spelling and phonetics
  •     Words gradually become longer and more difficult as the game progresses
  •     100 words to build, including common sight words
  •     Based on word phonetics, letters and words are pronounced
  •     Interactive environment responds in various ways to players’ touches
  •     Engaging animation, sounds and interactivity
  •     Available now on iTunes (
  •     Price: $.99

“My five-year-old really enjoys playing Word Tower and is now able to spell 50 new words independently. It’s amazing how much this helps improve reading skills.” – Mandy, mother of a Word Tower player

“With Word Tower, children see and hear the letters that make up words, which helps them learn to spell words phonetically.” – Brendan Lee, co-founder and lead developer, 52apps.

Every week, 52apps turns an idea from the public into an iPhone or iPad app and launches it. 52apps – based in Columbia, S.C. – developed a proprietary framework to create, test and launch high-quality apps quickly. The company hosts "App Idea Days" as public forums where anyone can submit ideas. 52Apps shares revenue from apps with the idea generators. The company’s apps have received as many as 500,000 downloads. For more information, visit Connect with 52 apps on Facebook and follow the company on Twitter: @52appsTeam.

Jani Spede
Jani Spede Public Relations

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