A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn some problem-solving and use basic reading-comprehension skills. By solving basic logic puzzles that require close examination of the text, kids will solve the mysteries. Though DEVICE 6 doesn't have explicit educational content, it's still worth it for its innovative approach, its opportunities for problem-solving, and its fresh approach to reading.
Ease of Play
Incredibly easy to pick up and play. Navigation is quick and intuitive, though retracing steps can get tedious.
Violence & Scariness
Severe moment at the end of the story involving a loud gunshot, some blood, and a death, though the bulk of the story is text only. Smaller references to violence.
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Occasional "damn" and "sh-t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The occasional reference to alcohol, but no moments of drinking. Handful of references to cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The way players navigate the story makes this game well worth playing. It successfully combines the act of reading with navigation, and the text becomes a literal map of the castle. The mystery is intriguing, and, while creepy, it's not so horrifying that tweens won't be able to handle it. The puzzles are challenging but fair, and there are plenty of written and video walkthroughs available online, with and without spoilers. Because there's a lot of scrolling and retracing steps to get clues, some kids who don't love puzzle games may get frustrated. While it's ideal for kids who love to read, its unique format might entice some more reluctant readers as well. Though the navigation won't appeal to everyone, it definitely is a fresh experience that sets itself apart from other puzzle games.
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