Zany Touch App Review

Test your reflexes with this exciting iOS game. Beware - the better you are the faster the game play! Zany Touch is intended to teach mainstream gestures and is fully accessible with VoiceOver. The game play itself is self-voicing (VoiceOver skills are not necessary to play the actual game once the game is activated; the game also works with VoiceOver on.) Listen to the instruction and do the gesture/motion as fast as you can. The app is free with in-app advertisements; remove the ads with an in-app purchase of $1.99; additional purchases available for more lives.

This app has four levels with the following gestures:

  • Easy: Touch, shake, swipe (any direction)
  • Medium: Touch, shake, pinch, swipe up, swipe down
  • Hard: Touch, pinch shake, two- tap (two-finger single tap), swipe up, swipe down, swipe left, swipe right
  • Multiplayer: Play in Hard mode with up to 3 other players

Note: For best results, create the gestures in the middle of the screen.

Skills Taught

Zany Touch is an exciting way to learn and practice mainstream iOS gestures. Repetitive practice develops good muscle memory, especially for young students who are visually impaired. Zany Touch also encourages good listening skills and can help increase auditory processing. As a player progresses, the game speeds up. The player has to listen to faster instructions, process the auditory information faster, and create the desired gesture faster. This game can be played as a tool to encourage students with visual impairments to increase their VoiceOver speech rate!

Learn more about the importance of listening/reading faster here.

Zany Touch is addictive! How fast can you go?

The video below is a young student who is learning to use an iPad with VoiceOver. Janna said that she loves Zany Touch and that it reminds her of one of her favorite physical games, Bop It! [The video shows a young girl sitting on her bed with an iPad in her lap. The girl is intently playing the Easy Level of the Zany Touch game. This is her first time playing Zany Touch!]

Summary

Students - and adults - with visual impairments love this simple but exciting game with it's fast-paced action and pulsing music. The gesture sets are simple and the game starts slowly so students who are learning gestures can be successful. Students love playing this game and teachers love that their students are learning not only gestures but also several tech skills through the game play. Zany Touch is highly addictive! The icing on the cake is that Zany Touch is fully accessible with VoiceOver!

Game Suggestion

Zany Touch is a mainstream app and the gestures used are basic mainstream iOS gestures. The app is already fully accessible with VoiceOver. It would be wonderful if additional levels were added to incorporate VoiceOver gestures, such as double tap, two-finger tap, two-finger swipes, etc.

Educators and families: Enjoy this game? Please take a minute to rate the app in the app store. Be sure to include your appreciation for making this app accessible with VoiceOver! Are you interested in the developer adding VoiceOver gestures? Please let the developer know!

Collage of Zany Touch app review

Comments

Posted by Diane BraunerMay 08, 2019

I contacted Creative Logic Entertainment, the developer of Zany Touch to thank them for their wonderful app and to suggest creating additional levels with VoiceOver gestures (and a checklist of gestures, so educators can select which gestures they want to include in that level). Adam immediately wrote back; his response is reposted here with permission.

"My name is Adam and I’m the owner of Creative Logic Entertainment, maker of the Zany Touch game for iOS.

I just wanted to personally respond to your very kind email to say a heart-felt “thank you” for your review on the iOS App Store as well as the wonderful blog post you wrote about Zany Touch on the Paths to Technology website.  I was very touched to see the young child playing Zany Touch in the video you posted and am so glad that it has turned out to be a useful tool in helping the blind and visually impaired learn how to use an iOS device.  

When we originally created Zany Touch we did not realize how useful it might be as an educational tool, but after receiving many emails from people who were blind or visually impaired requesting us to update it to better support Apple’s VoiceOver technology we decided to do our best to support their requests.  We also heard that the regular game play can be stressful so we added the “Practice Mode” to allow people to practice any or all of the available gestures at their own pace.

I really appreciate your new suggestions to add support for actual VoiceOver gestures and it is something we will definitely consider how best to implement in a future version.  Some users have asked for additional gestures in general so it would right in line with other requests we’ve received.  Our development cycle is such that it may be several months before we can get to the next update of Zany Touch so if you have any additional ideas on things that would make it a better game for your students and for the blind and visually impaired community in general, please feel free to let me know directly.

Thanks again for your thoughtful, gracious review and best wishes on your work.

Sincerely,

Adam Divelbiss

President/Owner

Creative Logic Entertainment, Inc.

info@creativelogicentertainment.com