Amazon: Hidden Expedition

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Search-and-find app with very challenging mini-games.

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Educational Value

Amazon: Hidden Expedition wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Searching for missing items and using the menus is very intuitive. Kids can ask for hints when they get stuck. However, the occasional mini-games/puzzles are difficult, and they don't come with instructions or hints. They are likely to frustrate most young children to figure out.

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The beginning screen has links to the publisher's other apps, covering more than half of the start page.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Amazon: Hidden Expedition is a search-and-find adventure game with added puzzles and mini-games that are very challenging. It follows the story of a researcher who is hunting for her professor around the world and in the Amazon. Players help find lost pages from the professor's journal along with dozens of other missing items. Some items require the use of other items to find them. When special areas are unlocked, puzzles or mini-games need to be completed. On an iPad, the app also has a multiplayer mode where two kids can compete head-to-head on the same device.

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What's it about?

In Amazon: Hidden Expedition, kids search 50 scenes on a mission to find a missing professor in the Amazon, getting clues when they complete a scene. Some of the found objects carry through to other scenes, where kids can use them to find other objects or to solve mini-puzzles. For example, a key found in one scene unlocks a drawer to discover a passport somewhere else. Figuring out these elements and solving the mini-puzzles really can encourage kids to keep playing. A multiplayer mode lets kids share the fun with others on the same device.
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Is it any good?

AMAZON: HIDDEN EXPEDITION is a fun game of hunting for hidden objects for those who have outgrown I Spy-type games. This app will last kids a while, with 50 hidden object screens. Many of the screens are fairly dark, so kids need a sharp eye to spot some of the objects, but there are three built-in hint levels to help kids when they get stuck. The occasional puzzles in the app can be confusing for kids since there are little to no instructions, however. The Amazon theme is nicely carried throughout the app, and kids can listen to their own iPod music as they play the game.

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For kids who love puzzles and adventure games

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