Champaign, Illinois – According to research published in the Children’s Literacy Initiative, only 10% of students who read poorly at the end of first grade will ever read proficiently in later grades. Now the creative minds behind AlphaTots(TM), the Parents’ Choice Award winning alphabet app, have put their full force behind a brand new game designed to close the gap, giving little learners the tools they need to read at an early age.

In Gappy’s First Words(TM), the goal is simple – players spell words to close gaps and help the story’s loveable hero hop home. From dusty deserts to distant planets, they’ll progress through four different levels, learning to identify letters and spell words successfully all on their own.

But just because the game is heavy on the learning doesn’t mean it’s light on the fun.

“We’re big kids at heart,” says Matt Hutton, CEO and co-founder of the innovative app company. “And that means there’s always a major element of fun in every game we release.” In Gappy, it’s a creative reward system designed to keep curious learners coming back for more.

With every adventure they complete, players are rewarded with one of 56 different parts, letting them redesign Gappy’s house – anyway they want. From a cozy cabin, to a space house to a castle with a gingerbread house, there are over 720 creative combinations. And each time they come back for another part, they’ll be getting more than a metal roof or candy cane fence, they’ll be gaining the essential learning tools they need to build a better life.

Gappy’s First Words, the company’s tenth official title, is being released simultaneously on the iOS, Android and Mac platform. To learn more about their long list of award-winning education titles, including AlphaTots(TM), Operation Math(TM) and Geography Drive(TM) USA, visit

Device Requirements:
* iOS 4.0 or later
* iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
* 43.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gappy’s First Words 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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Spinlight Studio is an award-winning educational app developer and publisher that passionately believes learning should be fun. Since 2011, the company has released ten top-selling titles for the iOS, Android and Mac OS platforms, creating apps that children love and parents appreciate for their strong educational value. Spinlight has earned numerous Parents’ Choice Awards, Best App Ever titles and a Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award for a long list of titles that includes AlphaTots, TallyTots, TableTots, Swapsies, Operation Math, Operation Math Code Squad, Pixel and Parker, Yodel-Oh! and Geography Drive USA. From USA Today to Fox News and the NBC Today Show, Spinlight apps are frequently seen in the national press, while five of the company’s titles have been featured in Apple’s special app collections. Copyright (C) 2000-2013 Spinlight Studio. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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