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Amazon: Hidden Expedition

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Search-and-find app with very challenging mini-games.

What parents need to know

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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Consumerism

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

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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:April 26, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Size:421.00 MB
Publisher:Big Fish Games, Inc.
Version:1.7.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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