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By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Appealing science intro needs more supporting material.

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Curious kids are bound to enjoy exploring and learning, but most will want more information and more interaction. Aniscience is beautifully illustrated, and the mouse companion is pretty cute. But when the information cards pop up, they are static and uninspired. Most kids will find some of the language hard to follow: Phrases like "caterpillars pupate" and scientific references to things like "carapaces" may leave them with more questions raised than answered. Kids will naturally expect to be able to "click through" to find a glossary or more detail, but nothing is available. For some kids, the lack of depth will provide inspiration to delve more elsewhere, while others will quickly tire of the experience. Parents should take advantage of the included free environment to get a sense of which camp their kids will fall into. 

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