Just over a year ago, I finally joined the
smartdumbphone crowd (I wibbled about my experience at the time, in case you’re interested). I’m proud of myself in that I haven’t succumbed to the urge to become a meanderthal — I never use it when walking.
I learned a valuable lesson (recounted in Part Five of my earlier ‘Adventures’) when I was a teenager: Early Adopters get Kicked in the Teeth. I’m immensely grateful to all of the early adopters who teased out the bugs before I jumped on the bandwagon… and it’s time for some payback.
One thing I’ve learned (that’s probably no surprise to you) is that there’s a serious amount of dross in the ‘Play Store’; but there are some real gems in there too. My plan is to offer some thoughts about Apps You Might Enjoy; this is the first in that series, and it features an app I recently discovered. It’s called Morse Mania, by Dong Digital.
Morse Mania – a brilliant way to learn Morse code!
- Cost: Free! (at least initially) 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠
- Availability: Android and iOS
- Storage space: 34.10 Mb 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠
- User interface design: 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠
- Advert intrusiveness: 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠
- Music: None (but it doesn’t need any)
- Audio: Essential!
I’ve known about Morse code for donkeys’ years, but before now I’ve never felt the urge to learn it. It didn’t seem like a skill I needed. It’s still not a skill I need, but learning new things is good for keeping the mind sharp. And when you can do so and have fun doing it, well, that’s a bonus!
One of the things I like most about Morse Mania is that there are absolutely no irritating, intrusive adverts. And, at least while you’re learning the basics, the app is free to use. Also, it doesn’t feature that other bane of my life: annoying constant nagging to ‘upgrade’. I haven’t even been able to find a way to donate to its maker, ‘Dong Digital’. Having said that, from the (admittedly minimal) investigation I’ve done, I gather that there is ‘premium’ content available; my guess is that this is introduced once the learning mode is complete. I haven’t got there yet, but I’m so impressed with this product that I suspect that I will be quite happy to hand over some of my hard-won cash when that time comes.
You can find out more for yourself on Dong Digital’s website; I see no point in copy-pasting the information from there to here. So, without further ado, here are a couple of short video clips I’ve made to demonstrate Morse Mania’s gameplay. I hope you find them entertaining!
H/T to DoingHow for pointing me to the AZ Screen Recorder, which allowed me to easily record, and edit, my gameplay; and special thanks to Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash for the phone image I used in the post header :)