Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess is an old-school point-and-click adventure game based on a popular Cartoon Network program. That could create uncomfortable moments when kids ask to watch the show or buy other merchandise tied to it. While the game is not especially difficult, it requires some logic skills. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
What Kids Can Learn
Kids can learn to piece together clues to solve rudimentary puzzles and save the princesses. Doing so requires logical, deductive reasoning and an eye for detail. It's worth noting, though, that the puzzles are all fairly easy, so don't expect a real educational challenge here. Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess offers more of an intellectual warm-up than a workout for your brain.
What's it about?
Players attempt to save three princesses by solving a series of connected, but very rudimentary, puzzles. This is largely done by retrieving an item from one screen (or from a character on that screen) and delivering it to another screen. You'll travel to different lands to save the royalty, but the puzzles are largely the same. It's a nod to old-school point-and-click games, but it's one that lacks any difficulty curve.
Is it any good?
While Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess certainly will thrill fans of the popular Cartoon Network program, it aims a little too low as it reaches for a broad audience. The puzzles are incredibly simple, and that makes the game a short one -- with no replayability.
Granted, it's not all bad. The voice acting is terrific for the characters that have voices. (Many only speak in captions.) And there's a sense of nostalgia that kicks in for a while as you enjoy the point-and-click puzzle solving. But ultimately, it's not enough -- even for an app with a low $.99 price tag.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Take turns asking and solving riddles with kids. Ask them to explain how they arrived at their answers, and explain yours as well.
Encourage kids to read mystery books that showcase how deductive reasoning can be used to solve puzzles in a non-cartoon environment.