No Sound 1/5
By trk's mom
Why is there no sound when used on the iPad?
2017 This app is now ONLY for Premium users, we spent a lot of time the past few years adding our lists on here and loved it as we could use it wherever we were at. Now we can only access it on the computer through the internet website (which we prefer to limit internet access with our children). We understand they need to make some $$ but we can no longer give it the rating we had before because 'the app' no longer offers it's original purpose to all members which is what we originally got it for.
2014 We love this app and have used it for the past few years. It has been a big help, especially now since we home school. The update for this app said it would help with the new iOS update, I just updated yesterday and now I can't get this app to work. It says it doesn't support my devices resolution now. Can you please fix this soon ?!?
This is annoying 4/5
Everything is alright just aim2spell always crashes!
Not worth it 1/5
By Aboo Muawiyah
I added all the words and everything else, so now they change the app figures and didn’t even notify us. I understand you want to charge more that’s no problem but at least have some respect for people who actually did use your app and now it’s really difficult to even set it up. How can you keep costumers when you don’t make it easy on them!
New update inconvenient for classroom use 1/5
We have used spelling city in my school and classroom for several years. Last year I was fortunate enough to receive an iPad cart so each student has their own iPad. We use the app almost everyday and it is very convenient since I do spelling groups instead of one list for the whole class. Unfortunately, since the last update it has been more of a nuisance than a helpful tool. It does not keep students logged in and logging in for my second graders is not an easy task. The entire layout has changed which completely threw my kids for a loop. I hope that the app creators will address some of these issues to make the app a little more user friendly in the classroom.
What a shame! 1/5
What a shame for such a useful tool be put waste. I cannot believe we have used this app for at least 4 years and now your going to make us pay $35 a year if we want to use it! Ridiculous! You will be loosing so many customers. I could understand if that was a one time fee, but yearly is not affordable for the average household. Just think, if the yearly fee was $5, most people that value this app would agree to pay that and you'd probably be making bank, but instead you are loosing out!
Spelling City 1/5
We have used this app for years, it was great. This new update makes it totally useless! If I could rate it lower I would! You can no longer get your kids spelling lists, that's all I ever used it for and now you can't even do that! So disappointed!!!
Do not download this worthless app 1/5
Would give 0 stars if possible. You must have internet enabled to use. I do not let my kids have access to the internet on their iPad, therefore this app is useless. It will now be deleted.
Worst update 1/5
After 6 years of using this app on a weekly basis and recommending it to many parents and teachers, I will be abandoning it. I will not pay $35 so I can use an app instead of a website. And, since my kids hate the website, I will be finding a new solution for our weekly spelling words. Terrible change.
Now only for premium members! 1/5
We have been using this SpellingCity app for years. It has been fantastic for my younger son, and I have been considering the paid version... until today.
I entered my son's words as usual, and then went to check that they had imported to the app. When I opened it, I was met with a message telling me I had to update to continue. No problem. I went back to the app, only to be told, it is only for premium members!!!! Now you have to use the website for the free version, but of course it uses flash, which iPads don't support! Hence the purpose of the app in the first place!
It is their company, so they can do what they want. And had they given me notice that this would be occurring, I would have purchased a membership. Now however, they have lost our business, and I am off in search of a replacement!
Why the change? 2/5
We have been using this app for a few years and have loved it, but now when we go to the app and click on any of the activities, it takes us to the Internet, and doesn't play within the app. I just upgraded to the premium version thinking that may have had something to do with the change, but now after reading all the reviews, it seems that it's due to your latest update. Please revert back to the old program, clearly we all loved it, so I'm not sure why you made these changes.
Waste of time!!!!! 1/5
By Eye maven
Our school assigns this as part of the daily homework and therefore must be completed as part of the grade. It is just more busy work with no observable help with spelling for all that it is touted as making spelling fun - it is worthless as it doesn't help learn the words. You still have to practice spelling the "old fashioned" way so it essentially is doubling the work load for spelling.
Just wow 1/5
Ok,I'm a student,but I'm not saying that I don't like it,but IT SOMETIMES DOESN'T EVEN WORK! This app is ****
Not happy! 1/5
I have used this app for years and now I have to pay to even use app! Terrible decision and not happy about it. Guess we will look for something different. I assume that's why our teacher isn't using it anymore
No Sound 1/5
We use the premium version on the computer, so decided to put it on the ipad for easier use by my youngest who needs the phonetic games. My youngest started crying when he discovered there was no sound. Further investigation revealed that the Apple app does not work on an ipad because Flash is required. Why even make the app in the first place? -Totally useless.
How do you call this an app when it opens up in Safari? This is Not An App!
This is a huge security concern for me as my children play on their iPads.
I pay way too much money on your program and it's not worth continuing. In addition, your site is not very user-friendly.
I'm sorry, but you will be losing a loyal customer of three years.
This app USED to be great 1/5
I've used this app for years. Even subscribing as a "premium" member. It WAS great. But, the newest versions is absolutely worthless. The app is now ONLY for premium members....yet even when logging in as premium member, it is useless. Takes you to a web. Asked format. No teach me. No Test me function. This has been our go to studying app for 5 years. Subscribing for almost the full time. They have ruined this great app.
Using Quizlet now instead. It's great.
I want to love it 2/5
But why the heck does it fail a student for not capitalizing the first letter. Is there a way to turn this feature off? My daughter uses the iPad to play and that makes her fail nearly every test.
Also I set the list up, select the games, and then none of them are playable. We have to go to the "all games" tab from the list screen which is confusing for little ones.
So great!!! 5/5
My computer is not working and this is great!! I'm getting my homework done easy, and I don't understand why everyone is giving it one star!!!
WHA Happened???!!! 1/5
Although this is only my third year using this app, all 35 of my spelling lists have been entered and are ready to go. All 30 of my students have been uploaded and are ready to go. The thing that's NOT ready is this app. Why on earth would I download the app on my device and the 16 student iPads just to be directed to the web. Certainly this is something that will be fixed, right?? I hate (yes, I feel that strongly) the changes that have been made, especially for students logging in and teachers creating assignments. Everything from last year was fine. Why change it at all? There's no way I'm adding our new vocabulary lists now. What a disappointment.
The latest update is horrific! As a premium paid member I have a ton more set up to do for my students for them to use the app. There are less choices as I can only assign 10 assignments. That's right, I HAVE to assign. They can't choose. While using iPads with 23 students, I have had on average over the first two weeks of school, 9-11 students that have had the app constantly "kick" them out every time we used the program. Difficult to manage while I am working with small groups to constantly troubleshoot the "kick out". Not even almost considering renewing the premium account. Will move on. Oh yeah...never even notified of all of the login changes...discovered it as we all had iPads and started to use it. WOW!
Not worth paying $35! 1/5
We have used this app for a few years now and I am so disappointed at how expensive it is! I would have gladly paid $4.99/year but at $34.99 you have to be kidding me. And it's always been difficult to search for our schools lists. We will be using something else from now on. I deleted the app!
By phantom chicken
It is so small I couldn't see it and I was almost done with a asinment
But it stoped and now I have to start over again!👿👿👿
Worst Game ever not really free don't get the app 1/5
By Rose with thornes
I just got this app for homework but I'm really disappointed it's not even free don't get this app
If you aren't a premium member you will be redirected to the web site and cannot use the app. Uninstalled.
Needs a zero star option 1/5
Super disappointed to open the app for the first time since last school year to now see you have to pay $35/year to even use it.
By Mija Rivas
Wow. I was using this for 4 years! And now you can't even use the app for free!!?? I have soooo many lists on there for my kids. Now it's useless. Deleting this app.
If I could give 0 stars I would. 1/5
Last year we were able to use the app just fine with the user account we have, now the app doesn't work unless you have student usernames and accounts. We have spent years setting up the lists and now it is unusable unless I help students on the web. It takes away my valuable teaching time. Will there be a fix for this soon???
Completely disappointed 1/5
We have used this app for years and now it has to be used only on the internet. I don't feel comfortable letting my younger child on the Internet. We used to love this app and now I am completely disappointed with what you all have done. I do not understand why.
Certain features are irreplaceable! 1/5
By KK in TX
Don't have your kids waste their time on the games. They are not going to learn their weekly words fast enough using the games.
On the other hand, the teach some, testNteach, and test me are exactly what you need for your child to learn independently.
The #1 feature is TestNTeach-it calls out word, they try the word, then it immediately corrects them by spelling it out and adds that misspelled word to the end of test and continues to ask it until child spells it correctly on their own.
The above opinion was before they decided to charge $35 a year! We no longer are able to use the product, because at that price, I only purchase lifetime subscriptions. It's not a self standing teaching platform, rather a tool. It requires your effort putting in lists and making assignments etc. The price is unreasonable.
Disappointed long time user 1/5
By Mom of 1 angel boys
If I could give this app 0 stars I would. We've used spelling city for five years, but now with the latest upgrade I have to pay $35 a year to use the app. No thank you! We switch to Spelling Free instead. Not what we're use to, but it works just fine and I don't have to pay to use it.
Lost another customer 1/5
I just finished inputting my son's first week spelling list so he could practice. Upon logging in on his app, I kept receiving an error message. After 30 minutes of trying to figure out the problem, I look at the app reviews and realize the problem. It's absolutely ridiculous to take away app access for free members. My kids loved using Spelling City, which is a big deal considering they hate practicing their spelling words. They even used the app this summer. I'd be willing to pay $2-4 for the app, but not $35. I'll be looking for a new spelling app.
i wish they would stop ahead 1/5
this is just terrible
Super disappointed that the free app is no longer free and that I can't use my lists on the iPad any longer. $60 is too much to pay for my class!
Change in App - Very disappointed 1/5
By PHX Mommy of 2
I have been using this app going on for 5 years. My fifth grader struggles with reading and vocabulary and this app assisted her and being successful for the past four years. Now that the new school year has started we have logged in to find that the app is no longer an app and it's web based. It only works with flash player, which is not available on Apple products. She is no longer able to use The "test me" feature or the "teach me" feature to make sure that she is spelling her vocabulary words correctly. We were able to lock her in and she could study as we cook dinner or in the car. Very frustrated and distraught that we are going to struggle more now that she's getting older and are losing our best resource to help provide her education outside of the classroom.
Just WOW 1/5
So I spent years typing my lists into this program and now the app isn't for free members.
Here's the thing. I am not comfortable opening up my child's iPad for safari use and $35 a year is kinda steep for one student for the premium membership, especially since I entered all my own lists. I'd gladly pay $10 per student/ year. I would have purchased premium years ago if that was the price. Meaning they would have made $90 from me over that period of time.
Take a lesson in marketing. You have to sell your product at a price point people are willing to pay or you don't sell your product. Forcing their hand to pay after years of free service will just drive those people to the competition or another solution all together.
So I guess my daughter gets us use the program on the laptop for now. My guess is the way things are going with this company the website won't be free for very long. My suggestion... Look for another spelling app all together. That's what I'll be doing.
Used this app all the time and it WAS wonderful. The pricing is now outrageous, especially for just 1 child.
Not good since last update 1/5
I would give this app 5 stars as it has been a great tool in the past, but now with the latest updates, I feel I can only give it 1 star. I have used this app in the past as a reinforcing learning tool for my daughters spelling words that they bring home from school. They don't like writing their words everyday to study them. This app had been great because they could play games, take practice tests, etc with their classroom words. Even though our teacher doesn't use this program, I would input their words at the beginning of the week so they could learn them by "playing." Now I can't get the app to work as it used to and every time I go to login it just takes me to the list page and there is not a way for them to find the games they had been playing in their previous school years. This used to be a great app for learning AND fun, now they'll just have to look at their lists to study and *gasp* write their words!
Was great 1/5
It was great but now unless you have a Premium Account (@ $35 a family up to 5 kids) the app is useless. Some of us parents like to limit website use and that was what was great about this app. You did not need to give web access to young children. Everything was in the app. Really disappointed - now its all about making money instead of helping our kids learn to spell.
No Free Access 1/5
This app you'd to be free and was a great tool to help children learn. Now you can only use it if you're a premium member. I refuse to pay $50 to use an app. I will gladly delete this app and use the free online version. Very disappointed as this was a way to get my kids to do their spelling homework on their devices. Now they will have to sit on the computer. There is no limited access for free users on this app. Highly disappointed and would give no stars if I could.
We have used this app for spelling for years, new update is worthless and app is no longer usable! Total waste. Fix it please!!
My family has used this app since my high schooler was in elementary. It has now suddenly become useless for my youngest. Anything you try to do, including logging in takes you directly to their website. This is no good for a 7 year old. I TRULY HOPE this is just a glitch in the update and NOT what they intended. I would rather they charge me to keep it how it was than to have them change it and make it worthless. Most unfortunate.
By Jax good review
Help my moms making me do it
Do Not Waste Your Time 1/5
This app use to be fantastic. I was able to hand my kids an iPad and they loved to play the games. Their grades became straight As in spelling.
However, now I would have to let my kids on the internet in order to use Spelling City because the app does not work on any device. On top of that it is no longer user friendly for kids.
Not even sure why they didn't just take the app down if they only want people using Spelling City on the internet.
My 4th graders are deeply disappointed they can no longer use the app they have used since pre k.
Used to like 1/5
I used to like this app until the update, now it doesn't work unless you go to the website. There is not a point in getting this app! Boo
Terrible update!!!!!!!!!!!! 1/5
I thought the whole point of the app was so we didn't have to get on the website!!!! Makes it completely irrelevant. Why can't these developers just leave well enough alone?!! I will absolutely let my subscription expire!!!! HATE this update!!!!
Great for small group and independent work! 5/5
By Sarah Plum
I've used VocabularySpellingCity for almost five years now and I really love how it's transformed my spelling and vocabulary routines. The app is easy for my students to access and use, which is great because I currently use it across several different devices!
Latest Update 1/5
This is awful! It just redirects to the website via safari. What's the point of the app? I think I'll just delete it and make a safari shortcut.
The old interface was easy to navigate. This "redesign" was unneeded and worse than useless! It's a hindrance.
Terrible update! 1/5
He latest update 2.0.0 redirects you to their website. It makes the app useless! Why even have this app?!
Spelling City 1/5
Since it was updated I was just redirected to the website. It dos not work at all.